Blues boss Frank Lampard sends fans message after stunning Chelsea Luiz deal gets done!
Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard says David Luiz did not go on strike in order to force through a Deadline Day move to Arsenal.
Luiz spent the whole summer announcing that he wanted to stay at Stamford Bridge and play a big part in the new era under Lampard, with many offers for a move away being rejected by the Blues.
However, in a move that shocked the Premier League, Arsenal completed the signing of Luiz on a two-year deal for a fee of £8m after he indicated he wanted to leave the club.
Reports suggested that the Brazilian centre-back trained away from the rest of the squad on Wednesday after he had gone on strike in order to secure a transfer.
But opening up about the transfer deal, Lampard insists that wasn’t the case.
“There certainly weren’t any strikes, so I’ll make that clear straight away,” the Chelsea boss said on the Sky Sports website.
“We had some conversations over the last week, honest conversations because I know David well and I think the conclusion of that was that he moved on.
“The day David didn’t train was a decision that I made because we were in the middle of this, we were talking and it was quite clear which way it was going, but that was not a decision as a punishment or because there was a strike, it was just what worked for that day.
“It’s an area of the pitch where I have competition, there’s going to be competition there throughout the year and people will need to make that shirt their own. I don’t have ones, twos and threes and that’s what everyone has to understand and that will be the same everywhere.”
The move for Luiz cam out the blue for many Arsenal fans who did not see it coming, especially since Luiz was so happy to stay put this coming season.
But now that the transfer deal is done, many wont care why the move happened, they will just be hoping that the Brazilian is more consistent than he was at Chelsea.