Luiz denies Lampard criticism

Chelsea centre-back David Luiz has denied criticising teammate Frank Lampard in an interview with a Portuguese newspaper, the Independent claims.

Luiz is reported as saying: “There are no privileged people there. He simply has to listen to the coach when he gives orders and take them. No player can forget that they are just an employee of the club.” But the Brazilian international tweeted that his words had been misinterpreted, and that he was only speaking generally, never mentioning any player by name.

Lampard has admitted to the BBC he has a fraught relationship with Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas, with the midfielder at times being dropped to the substitutes’ bench. Luiz, meanwhile, has been criticised for his defending, most publically by Alan Hansen on Match of the Day according to the Daily Mail.

Luiz made the move to Chelsea from Benfica in January 2011, signed by Villas-Boas’ predecessor Carlo Ancelotti. Luiz, who played in Brazil’s 2-1 friendly win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in midweek, has made 39 appearances for Chelsea, 27 of them this season, with the blues currently lying in fifth position in the Premier League, level on points with fourth-place Arsenal.

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