Luiz comments suggest Chelsea division

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Although David Luiz may plead misinterpretation, his comments regarding Frank Lampard have served as further evidence of fractions appearing at Stamford Bridge.

There would appear to be disharmony aplenty at Chelsea at this present time, with several players failing to buy into the philosophy of Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Lampard is the most notable of those to have been at loggerheads with Villas-Boas, and the Chelsea veteran has had to acquaint himself with the bench more often than at any point during his career in west London.

The 33-year-old clearly holds a high status in the Chelsea dressing room but, his influence is, perhaps, waning given the quotes attributed to Luiz regarding his teammate.

"No one has to be someone's father or son in a football club," Luiz is reported to have told a respected Portuguese newspaper.

"There are no privileged people there. He [Lampard] simply has to listen to the coach when he gives orders and take them.

"No player can forget that they are just an employee of the club."

The 24-year-old defender has since moved to distance himself from these comments, claiming he was speaking purely in general terms, rather than specifically about Lampard.

Luiz posted on Twitter: "This is media, Frank know me, and I never said about him! I said generaly! I only talked about coaches and players in general. Always CFC."

Naturally, one would expect Luiz to deny having criticised a teammate - especially one held in such high regard - but the defence of the Brazil international is far from convincing.

It is, of course, the word of the player against that of the publication, but Luiz's apparent use of 'he' would surely suggest he was not speaking about players in general.

This sort of controversy - regardless of whether or not Luiz did indeed criticise Lampard - is far from ideal for Villas-Boas, with his future at Chelsea seemingly in doubt.

Not only is the Portuguese seeing his credentials questioned as Chelsea fail on the pitch, but his apparent inability to maintain a happy playing squad will also been cause for concern for Roman Abramovich.

As much as the Russian wants to see Villas-Boas revitalise his playing squad, the manner in which it has been undertaken has - in the words of Lampard - 'not been ideal'.

The former Porto manager does, however, maintain he has no personal issue with Lampard, and decisions to leave him out have been made purely on a professional basis.

"For me, it's fine, I have no problems with it," he said during his Friday press conference.

"I have to choose the team and I try to choose the best team for every single game.

"It hasn't involved Frank a couple of times but it doesn't mean I have a personal problem with him.

"His own interpretation of the relationship is his own but I have no problem with it and I explained it to him."

It would appear, though, that the dressing room is becoming split, with some players maintaining a belief in Villas-Boas and his Chelsea 'project' and others becoming frustrated with the actions of their manager.

Luiz and Lampard may very well be spearheading both camps, although this would purely remain conjecture at this stage.

But, one thing that is for sure, should Villas-Boas remain at the helm then Luiz has a far more certain future at Chelsea than Lampard.

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