Arsenal ace David Luiz reveals the truth about Frank Lampard talks that led to Chelsea exit
David Luiz has admitted his Chelsea exit was down to a difference in opinion with new manager Frank Lampard.
The Brazilian, who joined Arsenal on deadline day, explains how he and Lampard had a ‘different philosophy’ when it came to moving forward.
Both parties were satisfied following Luiz’s £8m move across the capital to the Gunners.
Chelsea planned to give Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen opportunities this term while Antonio Rudiger remains a first-team regular.
It left Luiz wondering how he fitted into Lampard’s plans and a compromise was found in the form of a move away.
“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.
“In talks with Frank, 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.”
Luiz spent seven years at Stamford Bridge across two separate spells.
He picked up a Premier League title as well as two FA Cups and a Champions League during his time in a blue shirt.
But he maintains leaving Chelsea is a sign of respect for the club who wanted to go in a direction he could not follow.
He continued: “I still respect Chelsea. It’s never easy for people to understand everything that goes on.
“But my decision was also to respect Chelsea and their new manager, who wanted to implement a different philosophy a the club.
“And so I decided to get on this new journey, a new home, where I’ll do everything to shine as well.”