Frank Lampard finally reveals the full truth of David Luiz “strike” rumours

Frank Lampard has just had his first official prematch press conference as Chelsea manager, and there was one obvious topic of conversation: David Luiz.

The Brazilian defender looked set to be a key player for the Blues this season, but in the space of 24 hours from when the rumour first appeared, he had vanished and joined rivals Arsenal.

Nobody saw that coming, and everyone wanted more details on what had actually happened. Lampard was happy to oblige, with his quotes carried here by Nizaar Kinsella of

So that clears up a lot of things. Luiz did indeed miss training – but that was Lampard’s decision, not a “strike” from the defender. The manager also denied that there were any “fallouts”.

It all sounds like Lampard failed to promise Luiz a spot in the first team, and the former Benfica man didn’t like the sound of fighting for a first team spot. Disappointing, for sure; but not as disruptive as the spectacular arguments behind the scenes that some had imagined.