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David Luiz was sold to Arsenal on transfer deadline day as the Brazilian sealed an £8m move to the Emirates.
It was a move that shocked Chelsea fans as the experienced defender was expected to be a key part of Frank Lampard’s squad this season.
Luiz had featured prominently in pre-season under the new boss, but eventually left just before the start of the new season as he sat out Chelsea’s last two pre-season games.
Both Lampard and Luiz had claimed that the 32-year-old left on mutual agreement following their discussion, but Luiz has now thrown more light into his Chelsea exit.
Asked to explain his motivation for leaving Chelsea for Arsenal, Luiz told Brazilian journalist Mauro Cezar: “It was an individual decision made through honest conversation – between me and Frank Lampard, no one else.
“We had a different idea of the future of the game and that’s why I chose to take a new path.
“It’s always very difficult because of the rivalry, but I made the decision to leave Chelsea even before receiving Arsenal’s bid.
“As soon as I decided to leave Chelsea – after a few days – Arsenal’s proposal came, and as it was another great club, I didn’t think twice.
“It’s hard for rivalry, yes, but I couldn’t help but live a new story, in a new place, in a big club just because of the rivalry.”