Luiz to be given ultimatum by Chelsea

by Michael Somerville

Friday, December 21st, 2012

David Luiz will be asked to play defensive midfield for Chelsea or could be shown the door as Rafael Benitez signaled one of his biggest changes yet as Chelsea boss.

The Brazilian, 25, who signed a new five year deal this September was given the midfield role at the World Club Cup last week and shone as Chelsea beat Monterrey 3-1. A season ending injury to Oriol Romeu has forced Benitez to change Luiz’ game to a defensive midfielder as the Blues attempt to get their title charge back on track.

Widely praised for his distribution and attacking intent from the back, Luiz also attracted praised from John Obi Mikel after the game who said:

“It was a good performance from him – he kept the ball well and played it well.”

Chelsea are also known to be in the hunt for a new centre back as Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels and Lyon’s Dejan Lovren are targets. With Dortmund struggling in the Bundesliga and Lovren available for a cut price £7m, either player could transfer for the Champions League winners in January.

Frank Lampard is also subject of rumours linking him with a move away from West London to LA Galaxy in January which would pave the way for Luiz to become Chelsea’s new midfield general.

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  • djsav

    What crap is this, there is know way David Luiz will be leaving Chelsea, the fans love him, the club and the players. If anyone is going it will be the Fat Spanish waiter, he is just a Intrim coach and he is makining decisons like that. Dont get to carried away Rafa please remember your posistion and if the club bow down to this expect there to be protest from the fans. The fact Luiz extended his contract in September of this year means nothing it seems. Come on Michael Somerville wht crap journilism is this!!

  • Alan Frank

    A poorly worded heading for this post. Anyone who has read David Luiz’s interviews since his arrival at Stamford Bridge knows that he is happy playing anywhere for the team as long as he is playing. Indeed, he played in the centre of defence, right back and left back as well as midfield for Benfica. It was not Luiz’s fault that he was not re selected by Benitez to play in midfield AGAIN in Japan for the final, rather the stupid Spanish Manager tinkering (again) which seriously back fired on him. All Chelsea fans know that Luiz’s natural position, given his skills and attributes, is as a midfield player in front of the back line. It is now beginning to sink in with Benitez which to be fair to the Spaniard, is something neither Di Matteo OR AVB ever had the sense and fore sight to see.

  • Marc CFC/BKK

    I was one of the many who reasoned that he would arguably be better further up the field and I’m not surprised the change is likely happening. Can he truly be a defensive midfielder or the pivot partner though?? He maybe could slowly become a DM but with his positioning taken into account at CB, it seems unlikely in the longer run so we would always require a true DM beside him, Mikel or Romeu or other. However, what then of Ramires, rotation yes but what if Josh comes back and he’s doing well in the same role with Boro and of course the likelyhood of us going out and buying another; although an additional DM seems more likely. Be interesting to see how it goes and although Luiz is saying now, he’ll play anywhere for the team, what about if that effects his Brazil national team place and with the World Cup coming up in Brazil, he wouldn’t want that…..

  • George ras k…

    David Luiz is the centre bolt of chelsea defence ,pls pls where were u rafa when we won the FA & the Champ….. luiz was the man of the wins .en by the way none of the teams dat u hve gone is doing well , why? bcz of rasilizm we wll nver support U rafa

  • Philip

    He would make a very good coco the clown on Broadway.

  • Soba

    The writer of this rotten article knows nothing about Chelsea fc and for that reason it doesn’t befit him to write anymore scrap about chelsea full-stop

  • wisdomalabi

    Benitez was the person that make us to loss world club cup,why did you not use mikel.and please sell david luiz oooo.

  • beneah

    I am a chelsea die hard fan, this crap is not true, and Luiz can NEVER leave chelsea.

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