David Luiz left Chelsea this summer to join their London rivals Arsenal on transfer deadline day, and he has been revealing in more detail what actually happened and why.
The Brazilian was a crowd favourite at Stamford Bridge so the move was quite a shock for many, especially to join a close rival. But the vision of Luiz was different to Frank Lampard’s and the Chelsea manager could not promise him the game time he craved.
Many Blues fans now see it as a blessing due to the rise of academy player Fikayo Tomori, who may not have got the chances he has gotten so far if Luiz was still at the club. Tomori is now one of Lampard’s first choice defenders.
But Luiz leaving has certainly tarred his legacy at Chelsea, a club that he still speaks highly of.
Speaking to Brazilian journalist Mauro Cezar, Luiz has revealed some truths.
“I always liked Chelsea, no doubt. A new moment has come in my career, a new cycle where I have had the opportunity to move to another major club, pursuing ambitions to win titles.
“I saw a possibility of writing a new story in a new place, but I am forever grateful to Chelsea, to all people, to friendships that are for life.
“I get messages to this day from everyone at the club because what I had there was true. It was an individual decision made through honest conversation – between me and Frank Lampard, no one else.
“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.”