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Chelsea defender David Luiz completed a move to Arsenal as a deal was sealed on transfer deadline day in a sudden twist that no one saw coming a few weeks ago.
Luiz had only recently signed a new two-year contract with the Blues, with Chelsea going against the club’s policy of handing 30 plus players contracts of more than one year.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has now revealed that he had an honest discussion with the Brazilian and didn’t assure him of a place in the team this season. Lampard has five centre-backs at his disposal, and he believes everyone should fight for a place.
“David Luiz has obviously left and gone to Arsenal,” he told the media at Cobham.
“We had some honest conversations over the last week because I know him well and the conclusion of that was he is gone.
“It’s an area of the pitch where we have competition. I don’t have number ones or twos. They have to fight for that shirt. I wish him the best because he has been a big part of our history.”
Luiz explaining his own side of the story told Arsenal’s official website: “The cycle finished there.
“It was a conversation between me and Chelsea and everybody. I had an opportunity to come to another big club. In my life, I’ve always liked to do some challenges.
“I’m not scared at all to try things. I think not too many players would make this kind of move, they would maybe be scared, or something like that. I’m just trying to do big things in my life, so like I said, my cycle at Chelsea finished and now I’m excited to start a new chapter of my life here.
“It’s [Arsenal’s] a big club – not just in England, but everybody around the world knows how big Arsenal is.
“When I had an opportunity to come to this kind of big club, I had to take it. That’s why I’m here.”