Chelsea defender Luiz takes no notice of critics

Chelsea defender David Luiz insists that he just concentrates on playing football and does not listen to the criticism he receives, PA reports

Luiz joined the Blues from Portuguese side Benfica in the January 2011 transfer window for £21m and has become a cult figure at Stamford Bridge. The defender has been noted for his eccentric performances at times with Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville criticising him heavily, but Luiz insists he takes both criticism and praise in the same stride. The 24 year old has kept his place in the team despite the signing of Gary Cahill from Bolton last month and is expected to partner Cahill for the trip to Everton this weekend.

The Brazilian international said: ‘I have been working in the same way as always, training at my best level. Sometimes you get criticism, like I did, and recently I have been applauded for my work. As long as I can go home and lay down on my bed and have my conscience clear that I am doing an honest job, I am happy’.

Chelsea captain John Terry is ruled out of the weekend’s fixture with Everton after failing to overcome his recent knee problem, so boss Andre Villas-Boas is putting faith in Luiz. The Brazilian international has developed this season into a better player and has been tipped to do great things, despite his sometimes erratic behaviour. Luiz has called on his teammates to forget about their past performances this season and continue into the future to move up the table.

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