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Lampard opens up about ‘honest conversation’ with David Luiz before Chelsea exit

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has revealed the ‘honest conversation’ had with David Luiz before the defender’s deadline day move to Arsenal.

The Brazilian international completed an £8m move to their London rivals on Thursday, the 32-year-old bringing an end to his second spell at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard is currently preparing Chelsea for their Premier League opener at Manchester United on Sunday, and has discussed the decision to allow Luiz to complete a late move to the Emirates.

Speaking during his pre-match press conference, 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.

“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.

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“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.

“There certainly wasn’t any strikes. I’ll make that clear straight away. And in terms of fall-outs, no, there weren’t. There were honest conversations. I think as a player, I always respected honesty from a manager whatever the news.

“And I think I got that back from David hence why he ends up moving on to Arsenal. There were no strikes. The day that David didn’t train was a decision that I made because we were in the middle of this where we were talking and it was quite clear which way it was going.

“But that was not a strike, or a punishment, or being ostracised at all. It was just probably what worked for that day and now we know the deal is done.”

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