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Brazilian defender David Luiz made a surprise switch from Chelsea to Arsenal on transfer deadline day for a fee believed to be around £8 million.
Luiz has revealed his move to Arsenal left a Chelsea staff very emotional.
According to Luiz, he built a strong relationship with Chelsea’s head of medical Paco Biosca and his departure to Arsenal left Paco crying.
“Paco’s amazing. He’s crying, he’s crying,” Luiz told Arsenal’s media team.
“He called me crying.
“I have a great, great relationship with him.”
Luiz pushed to leave for Arsenal after he was told by Chelsea boss Frank Lampard that he won’t be a guaranteed starter for the Blues this season.
Lampard denied that there had been a falling out with Luiz, but did confirm ‘honest conversations’ had been held.
“There certainly weren’t any strikes, so I’ll make that clear straight away,” the Chelsea boss said.
“We had some conversations over the last week, honest conversations because I know David well and I think the conclusion of that was that he moved on.
“The day David didn’t train was a decision that I made because we were in the middle of this, we were talking and it was quite clear which way it was going, but that was not a decision as a punishment or because there was a strike, it was just what worked for that day.
“It’s an area of the pitch where I have competition, there’s going to be competition there throughout the year and people will need to make that shirt their own. I don’t have ones, twos and threes and that’s what everyone has to understand and that will be the same everywhere.”