David Luiz fears becoming Chelsea outcast over Diego Costa friendship

CHELSEA defender David Luiz thinks Antonio Conte is punishing him because of his friendship with Diego Costa - according to Matt Hughes in The Times.


The Brazilian backed his compatriot during his dispute with the Chelsea head coach last season.

After requesting to leave the club on three separate occasions, Costa was finally sold to Atletico Madrid this summer for £57m.

The defender was dropped from Chelsea’s squad for Sunday’s Premier League win over Manchester United and made to train on his own.

He was reportedly shunned for querying some of Conte’s tactics in a stormy session at their Cobham training base last Thursday.