David Luiz Opens Up On Chelsea Exit
Arsenal defender David Luiz says an honest conversation with Frank Lampard paved the way for an amicable departure on transfer deadline day.
The Brazilian joined the Gunners in an £8m deal despite signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge in May. Luiz says he and Lampard had a difference in vision, which resulted in his move across London.
“It is a new challenge in my career, where I took the decision to fight for new things, and I enjoyed it in the best way possible,” he told ESPN Brasil.
“In talks with Frank he said he had a different plan for the year. So we spoke in total honesty, and he made it clear that he had different ideas from mine.
“So I had this opportunity, to receive an offer from Arsenal, which is a great club. I still respect Chelsea. It’s never easy for people to understand everything that goes through.
“But my decision was also to respect Chelsea and their new manager, who wanted to implement a different philosophy at the club. So I decided to get on this new journey, a new home, where I’ll do everything to shine as well.”