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Levi Colwill posts inflammatory Chelsea message after Man Utd defeat amid transfer hint

Levi Colwill risked angering Chelsea supporters by revealing he felt ‘brilliant’ following Chelsea’s thumping defeat against Manchester United.

Frank Lampard’s tenure reached a new low at Old Trafford on Thursday as the Red Devils booked their place in next season’s Champions League with a big 4-1 win.

Chelsea, who could now finish 14th in the league table if results go against them on the last day, are desperate for the campaign to end and begin the rebuilding process that is set to be orchestrated by Mauricio Pochettino.

The former Tottenham head coach is set to be appointed as Graham Potter’s permanent successor, and is believed to want to offer Colwill the opportunity to impress at his parent club.

Chelsea invested more than £100m on central defensive reinforcements last summer, but neither Koulibaly or Wesley Fofana have justified their fees or reputations.

Colwill, meanwhile, has played a major part in Brighton’s superb season while on loan at the south coast club who confirmed Europa League qualification with a draw against champions Man City on Wednesday.

The England Under-21 international, out celebrating that achievement last night was in high spirits, but his reaction to a question posed by a fan on Twitter is unlikely to go down well with Chelsea fans or his employers.

The reply didn’t go down well among Chelsea faithful, with the @FutbolCheIsea writing: “I think that’s a poor tweet from Levi Colwill. Disrespectful and unprofessional to the club that has nurtured him from a young age and helped him become the player that he is.”

@ARKV99 argued: “This guy @levi_colwill is a bigger disgrace and embarrassment to Chelsea than any of the players on the pitch tonight,” while @idiotichelsea added: “This has actually upset me i was really excited to see you at Chelsea. Why man, why.”

@londonbluenews appealed for calm and defended Colwill: “So many over reactions. He’s on a night out celebrating with Brighton for Europa League. Maybe he could’ve had a bit more self-awareness, but it’s not intentional.”

Colwill’s recent displays have seen him linked with moves to Tottenham and Man City given Chelsea’s need to trim their bloated squad.

Speaking about his future this week, Colwill told The Athletic: ‘Brighton have done a lot for me. They put their trust in me when others didn’t and I’m a person that loves to repay that. We’ll see.

‘I don’t know what is going to happen (at Chelsea). I’m still here until the end of the season.

‘I just focus on that, then I’ve got the Euros (Under-21 European Championship with England) in the summer. After that, we’ll see what happens and go from there.’

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