Chelsea star begs defender not to leave Stamford Bridge despite huge dispute with Conte

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Arsenal target, David Luiz has been urged to stay at Chelsea despite falling out of favour under current manager Antonio Conte.

The Brazilian defender, who was target by the Gunners in January, has started just one Premier League fixture for Chelsea in 2018 and is being linked with a number of European clubs.

Luiz was a key player for Conte last season, playing over 40 games as the Blues stormed to the Premier League title.

But he was dropped earlier in the year following Chelsea’s 4-0 defeat to Roma in the Champions League and Conte has lost faith in the defender.

Arsenal, Monaco and Napoli have expressed interest in signing Luiz this summer but he should stay at Stamford Bridge, according to Alex.

The former Brazil and Chelsea star told Goal:

‘He has been out for two or three months with a knee problem. He was very good last year, it worked out well in the Conte line-up with three defenders.

‘Unfortunately, he did not start well this season. I’m not sure what happened, probably a problem, so he lost his place in the starting line-up. I’m very fond of him. He’s a great friend, a great person. ‘Could he leave? It’s difficult to talk, every day you may be surprised… We do not know yet if the coach will continue. ‘Sometimes a new coach arrives, and the player ends up receiving more opportunities. David is an experienced player. For me, he should not leave, because Chelsea is an exceptional club. ‘I think he should stay and try one more time. For the quality he has, the player that he is, the opportunities will appear.’

Alex, who played over 100 games for Chelsea and won the Premier League and FA Cup during his spell in west London, added:

‘I have seen great players, especially in my position, who lost their place in their teams. ‘For example John Terry, a player I always saw as the best player in the world of my position at that time. ‘[Luiz], due to injury and some other things, has also lost his spot. David Luiz is still a great defender, and he’s not that old! You have to turn things around.’

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