David Luiz has opened up on the real reason why he left Chelsea to join London rivals Arsenal.
Luiz made the move this summer with many thinking it had to do with Frank Lampard becoming manager at Chelsea. However, the Brazilian has revealed that his decision to leave Chelsea was long before Lampard’s arrival as manager.
“I decided to leave Chelsea before there was contact with Arsenal,” he told The Telegraph.
“People do not know that but I decided early to leave Chelsea. After that I had contact with Arsenal and I took a decision which everybody knows was not easy.
“Me and Lampard, we had honest conversations. Man to man, me and him. His ideas of football were different to mine. We just agreed: ‘OK, we move on’. In an honest way, in a mature way.
“We played together, we won together. We won the Champions League, the Europa League, everything together. It was done in a mature way.”