ROMAN ABRAMOVICH wants David Luiz to be Chelsea’s captain – not Gary Cahill.
That’s the claim of Transfer Window podcast guest Ian McGarry.
He says the defender is well liked by the Blues owner, who wanted him to become John Terry’s long-term successor at the back.
Antonio Conte dropped Luiz for the club’s last game, the 1-0 win over Manchester United.
And McGarry says that was the Chelsea manager sticking up two fingers to his boss.
“David Luiz was returned to Chelsea because he’s one of Roman Abramovich’s favourite players,” he said on the podcast.
“He was not neccassarily the choice of anyone at the club on the coaching staff.
“He’s loved by the owner of the club who saw him as the long-term successor to John Terry as captain of the club, and the fact Gary Cahill remains as captain instead of Luiz is still the matter of debate in Roman Abramovich’ box every second weekend when they play at home.
“That was two fingers to Roman Abramovich by dropping him from the squad completely.”
Luiz could sit out again when Chelsea return to Premier League duty on Saturday.
The defending champions travel to West Brom on Saturday with the Brazilian well rested after not getting a call-up from his country during the international break.
Antonio Conte and Chelsea’s players were disappointed by Michael Emenalo exit – McGarry
ANTONIO CONTE and Chelsea’s players were disappointed to see Michael Emenalo leave the club.
Emenalo walked out on the Blues last week after 10 years working behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge.
The Nigerian worked his way up to a technical director position but has decided to quit.
And Transfer Window podcast guest Ian McGarry reckons Emenalo’s departure won’t be received well.
“I’ve heard the players and Conte are disappointed that Emenalo has gone,” he said.
“Just a little detail worth noting, if you look at any Chelsea match, Emenalo is unusual in that he sits direct behind the bench and every game.
“He’s there listening, talking, taking in what happens in every single match never mind at the training ground.
“He’ll be a miss for the club.
“Whoever comes in won’t have the same authority Emenalo built up, they’ll effectivley be a yes man to (director Marina) Granovskia.”
Fellow podcast guest Duncan Castles wasn’t so sure Emenalo will be missed by manager Antonio Conte.
He said: “The relationship with Conte was not good, I’m told from Conte’s end.
“There was an interesting cameo at the end of the Manchester United game when Conte walked off, Emenalo stood at the mouth tunnel to pat Conte on the back and Conte pointedly ignored him and didn’t shake his hand.
“That gives you an indication of where their relationship got to through various conflicts that have occurred over transfer policy.”