David Luiz breaks silence behind Chelsea exit; hints on management at 40

David Luiz breaks silence behind Chelsea exit hints on management at 40
David Luiz breaks silence behind Chelsea exit hints on management at 40

Former Chelsea defender, David Luiz has broken the silence on his reasons behind trading the Blues for Arsenal despite having recently extended his contract with the Blues.

David Luiz sealed a surprising late transfer hour deal to join Gunners during the summer, but has until yesterday not spoken a word behind his reasons for leaving the Blues.

The Brazilian had recently extended his contract with Chelsea after returning from PSG where he earlier on moved to from the London side.

“Me and Lampard, we had honest conversations. Man to man, me and him,” the center-half told The Telegraph.

“His ideas of football were different to mine. We just agreed: ‘OK, we move on’. In an honest way, in a mature way.

“We played together, we won together. We won the Champions League, the Europa League, everything together. It was done in a mature way.”

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Luiz penned down a two-year contract with the North London team as he views his new team as the club with the winning and mentality that suits him.

The former PSG man went on to disclose what convinced him Arsenal was the right decision to make as he applauds Unai Emery’s team philosophy.

“The more you win, the more you believe, the more it becomes easier.

“It starts to become automatic. You know what you have to do, you know the mentality. It is not about the beginning, it is about the end.

“Last season everybody was killing Chelsea, killing [Maurizio] Sarri. In the end, we won a title. Everybody was speaking about other clubs and in the end they did not win anything. It is about the end.

“Arsenal was always a big club. The club is always going to be big. Of course, in the last few years, because the club is so big everybody expects more titles. This is natural.

“I came here because I see they have the potential to do that, to fight for that. This is my mentality, this is my ambition, this is what I want in this club.

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“We have the potential. We have talented players, experienced players, a team with quality, a club where they give us all the conditions to fight. We have amazing support. What more do we need?”

The 32-year-old also hinted on his plans of moving into the management field when he clocks 40 but noted first that he would have to fulfill the many more years he believes is left for him to play at the top-level team before retiring to the bench stand as a manager.

“I want to be a coach when I am 40,” he said.

“Before that, I want to play football as much as I can, at a high level. And that is going to be until I am 36, 37, 38.

“I work with my body every day. I have people working with me for more than five hours a day. This season my physical numbers are better than when I was 28.”

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