Hazard feels sorry for troubled David Luiz

Chelsea star Eden Hazard appeared to send a message to Antonio Conte after his fall-out with defender David Luiz.

Conte said he “did not know” if the Brazilian had a future at Stamford Bridge when asked by a reporter following Luiz’s omission from the matchday squad in their 1-0 victory over Manchester United last weekend.

Andreas Christensen took his place in the starting line-up, while youngster Ethan Ampadu was on the bench – but Conte insisted that Luiz’s absence was completely tactical.

And Eden Hazard has revealed that Luiz has a big influence on the rest of the dressing room and he is key to others happiness at the club.

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Hazard was asked on Soccer AM who the biggest joker at the club was, he responded: “Luiz. The geezer, always smiling, so he’s in a good mood all the time.

“It’s good to have people like this in the team.”

Luiz’s performance during their heavy 3-0 defeat to Roma in the Champions League is understood to have sparked off a row between Conte and the centre-back.

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