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According to L’Equipe, Chelsea defender David Luiz refused to train with Chelsea’s first-team as he looks to push through a move to Arsenal before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
The report claims Luiz is in advanced talks with Arsenal over a move to the Emirates and the 32 year old has reportedly refused to show up at Chelsea’s Cobham training base as the club attempt to block his exit.
Arsenal are keen on signing a defender before Thursday’s deadline after they begrudgingly allowed their former captain Laurent Koscielny to join Bordeaux earlier this week and Luiz is being viewed as a possible replacement for the France international.
Luiz only signed a new two-year contract with the Blues in May after being an important player under Maurizio Sarri last season.
The report of Luiz pushing for a move comes as a surprise as nothing has suggested the Brazilian defender was unhappy at Chelsea.
Luiz played under Arsenal boss Unai Emery at Paris Saint-Germain before returning to Chelsea and he praised the Spaniard ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League victory over Arsenal in May.
“I think he has been doing an amazing job [at Arsenal],” Luiz told The Guardian back in May.
“I had the opportunity to work with Unai for a few months. He’s a great guy, a great coach, a great person. He’s passionate. He loves his work.
“He likes to build teams who are spirited, play with passion and you can see that. He has had the opportunity to work with a lot of young players and I think they have understood his philosophy.”