Monday, 20 March 2017

David Luiz: ‘I am disappointed to not be in the Brazil squad,

Chelsea defender David Luiz has revealed that he has not been given an explanation for his continued absence from the Brazil squad.

Luiz has been sensational for Chelsea since re-joining the Premier League club, rubbishing a widely held belief that he was incapable of defending on a consistent basis at the highest level. His performances have helped the Blues open up a 10 point gap at the top of the table that looks very likely to be converted into winning the title.

The flamboyant centre-back admits that he is disappointed to miss out on representing his country, but that he "respects" the decision of coach Tite.

Former PSG centre-back has not featured for Brazil since a 2-2 draw with Uruguay in March last year and manager Tite who was appointed last June is yet to select the Chelsea star. Luiz found himself overlooked again for the most recent squad which will play World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay over the next few days.

The 29-year-old says he’s been given no explanation for his exclusion.

‘I am disappointed to not be in the Brazil squad, but I respect the decision,’ he told the Evening Standard.

‘I’m playing regularly and trying to do my best to come back [into the squad]. Have I been told why I wasn’t picked? No.’

David Luiz has made 55 appearances for Brazil since making his debut in 2010

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