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Chelsea defender David Luiz has failed to start the last two games for Chelsea, with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte preferring Andreas Christensen to the 30-year-old Brazilian.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has insisted that David Luiz still has a future at Chelsea despite his current situation because Luiz is a massive character in the dressing room and a top quality player.

“Luiz’s level hasn’t dropped dramatically, but Conte has decided to send a message and the team have won both fixtures without him,” Lampard wrote in London Evening Standard.

“The two victories does back up his decision in the short term. Andreas Christensen has come in and done very well so we have to give him and Conte credit.

“The onus is now on David to train hard and get back in the team. He has been fantastic since he’s been back at the club and played a major part in them winning the title.

“He appears to be keeping his head down – we haven’t heard or seen him in the press talking about it – and seems to be training hard. This is the way it has to be.

“Luiz could get back in against Qarabag or when another opening comes.

“I still think he has a big future at the club. He is a massive character in the dressing room and a top quality player.

“As the season goes on, Chelsea will need Luiz because of the amount of games and there will be injuries.

“You need a squad but you also need discipline. These things happen. As long as everyone reacts professionally you carry on. If things are done for the right reasons and in the right way, then other players will take note.”

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