LONDON – Defender David Luiz said he decided to move from Chelsea to Premier League rivals Arsenal for a different challenge after an “honest conversation” with manager Frank Lampard about the Stamford Bridge club’s new direction.
Luiz, 32, made a deadline day move across London to Arsenal, where he signed a two-year contract after spending three seasons in a second stint with Chelsea.
He made his Arsenal debut last weekend in a 2-1 home win over Burnley.
With Chelsea operating under a Fifa transfer ban, Lampard’s policy has been to build the side with younger players, choosing to start Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma in central defence in his first two league games.
“Everyone knows I was so happy in Chelsea and won many trophies there. I had a real honest conversation with Lamps, and Lamps had different ideas for his plans for the year,” Luiz told reporters.