Luiz denies publicly slating Lampard

David Luiz yesterday denied having a swipe at Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard in an interview with the Portuguese press.

Blues defender Luiz was quoted by O Jogo newspaper as commenting on team-mate Lampard’s widely-publicised problems with manager Andre Villas-Boas.

But the 24-year-old was adamant yesterday that his words had been taken out of context.

Claiming Luiz had criticised Lampard, O Jogo quoted him as saying: “No one has to be someone’s father or son in a football club.

“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 Luiz tweeted yesterday: “This is media, Frank know me, and I never said about him! I said generaly! I only talked about coaches and players in general. Always CFC.”

Luiz claimed Villas-Boas had been unfairly castigated, despite Chelsea being fifth in the Premier League and in danger of Champions League and FA Cup elimination.

“Last season, there were teams who were in a poor position in the table, and no one talked about it,” Luiz said.

“It is a lot easier to talk about Andre, because Chelsea are a big team who always fight for the first place.

“And when they are third or fourth, it gets easy to slam the coach.

“But Andre has an immense capacity, he is an excellent person and I am sure he will have a great future at Chelsea.”

Luiz also played down talk he was a target for Barcelona.

“I would be lying if I said I know nothing. What I can confirm is that I have not negotiated anything and no one has submitted a concrete offer. I am 100% a Chelsea player.’’


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