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Luiz jumps to defence of Diego Costa

Chelsea defender David Luiz has leapt to the defence of teammate Diego Costa, after the striker asked to consider a £576,000 a week offer to play in the burgeoning Chinese Super League. Costa was left out of last weekend’s 3-0 win at Leicester, amidst reports that he had been dropped for falling out with manager Antonio Conte over the subject.

Conte insists that Costa was injured, but he restored the striker to his team for Sunday afternoon’s home victory over Hull City, opening the scoring in the process. Luiz suggests that his teammate’s commitment on the pitch remains untainted and that that is all that matters.

“That's his job, to score goals. And he works for it every day, "said David Luiz in an interview for SFR Sports. "He does his job well, he is a great player who is currently in fantastic form. He's playing well, and I'm happy for him because sometimes people talk a lot without knowing anything at all."

"He went through it. But it's normal for people to talk about the best players in the world, and Diego is one of them. Everyone gets offers, everyone has things to talk about. He's happy, he always wants to play football. For me, that's what matters."


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