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David Luiz denies bust-up with Gonzalo Higuain: “He’s my friend”

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David Luiz has denied allegations he and Gonzalo Higuain had a bust-up in a training session prior to Chelsea’s Europa League victory.

Luiz and Higuain were training in Baku on Tuesday in an open media session for Chelsea’s Europa League final against Arsenal.

But head coach Maurizio Sarri stormed off towards the end of the training, where journalists saw him throw his cap onto the ground and repeatedly kick it as he left the pitch.

The Italian’s outburst allegedly came down to a falling out between Luiz and Higuain. But Chelsea later explained the media presence, which denied the team a chance to practice set-pieces, upset Sarri.

Now, Luiz has cleared things up once and for all.

“I think the guys watching didn’t analyse well,” he told the club’s website.

“We just had some things during the training, this is normal, and then Maurizio was angry because he could not make the set-piece because those guys were there watching. That’s why he was angry, and then the media mix up a lot of things,.

“This is normal, in the game everybody saw the spirit of the team and also not just me and Gonzalo, everybody around Chelsea, everybody is important, and Gonzalo is my friend.”

Luiz went on play the full 90 minutes on Wednesday as Chelsea thrashed Arsenal 4-1 to win the Europa League. While Sarri left Higuain as an unused substitute.

It brought an end to a successful campaign that saw the Blues finish third in the Premier League despite the setbacks they’ve suffered.

“We had some difficulties but we learned a lot,” said centre-back Luiz.

“We improved a lot during the season and I think we finished very, well. We lost on penalties in the Carabao Cup final against City, being the best side, we qualified straight away for the Champions League after Liverpool and Man City.

“They did amazing we could not get them this season in the Premier League, and we won a big title in Europe. So I think Chelsea’s great.”

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – MAY 29: David Luiz of Chelsea celebrates with the Europa League Trophy following his team’s victory in the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)