While there have been different conjectures on why Chelsea let go of one of their fan-favourites, David Luiz, a new report has now revealed the real reason the Brazilian was sold off.
Luiz completed an £8million move to Chelsea’s London rivals on deadline day in a deal which came out of the blue.
David Luiz joined Arsenal from Chelsea on transfer deadline day and while the move surprised many Chelsea fans, the real reason behind it has now been revealed.
But The Athletic via The Mirror claim Lampard’s decision was made after Luiz chose to ignore his tactics during a pre-season friendly against Red Bull Salzburg.
Lampard is reported to have told his defenders to play out from the back patiently, but he was dismayed by a number of ambitious long balls attempted by Luiz which went against what he had asked him to do.
Frank Lampard reportedly sold Luiz after the Brazilian failed to follow his tactics.
It proved the moment which led Lampard to sanction the sale of Luiz to their Premier League rivals, a move which was criticised by some but highlights the courage of his convictions.
Until that point, the Brazilian had featured regularly in pre-season only to be dropped for their next game against Borussia Monchengladbach and be sold shortly afterward.
At the time of the move, Lampard said: “We’d 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. So I think it’s pretty clear in those terms. It’s an area of the pitch where I have competition.
Luiz was a fan-favourite at Stamford Bridge and many of them were surprised he was let go by manager Frank Lampard
“And people will be needing to make that shirt their own, as they will all over the pitch. I don’t have ones and twos and threes, I have people competing for the position. I don’t have it set in my mind and that’s what everyone has to understand. And that will be the same everywhere.
“But it’s a competitive area, as I say, so he’s moved on. I, and we as club, certainly wish him the absolute best because he’s been part of a lot of really good things in our recent history and now he goes on to play elsewhere and we must focus on ourselves.”