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Chelsea defender David Luiz has moved to Arsenal for a fee of £8m on the transfer deadline day.
Despite only signing a new two-year contract with the Blues in May, which broke the club’s policy of only handing players aged 30 or over one year deals, the Brazilian moved to Arsenal as a replacement for Laurent Koscielny, who left Arsenal for Bordeaux.
According to The Telegraph, Luiz made the decision to leave Chelsea after falling out with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard several times last week.
Former England and Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren believes that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard knows exactly why he sold Luiz.
Lampard played 3 years alongside the Brazilian in 2011-2014. With the season about to kick off this weekend, Lampard didn’t even try to keep the centre-back at the Bridge and McClaren believes that it’s due to the lack of connection between the two former teammates.
“Frank will know him inside out and everything about David Luiz is marmite really, you either love him or you hate him,” he told Sky Sports. “[A] Manager like Unai Emery has a connection with David Luiz from PSG.
“So he knows him, they’ve got a connection. Obviously Frank can’t have that connection otherwise he wouldn’t have moved him on, and I think that’s key.
“So, in the end, I think for Arsenal because Emery knows him and knows what his character is they’ve got a connection. That really really helps when you step into that dressing room.”