David Luiz says he decided to leave Chelsea before Arsenal‘s offer to sign him.
Luiz, 32, decided he wanted to start a new challenge away from Stamford Bridge.
He joined Arsenal on deadline day in a deal that shocked the Premier League.
“I always liked Chelsea, no doubt. I saw a possibility of writing a new story in a new place, but I am forever grateful to Chelsea, to all people, to friendships that are for life,” Luiz said
“It was an individual decision made through honest conversation – between me and Frank Lampard, no one else.
“We had a different idea of the future of the game and that’s why I chose to take a new path.
“It’s always very difficult because of the rivalry, but I made the decision to leave Chelsea even before receiving Arsenal‘s bid.
“As soon as I decided to leave Chelsea– after a few days –Arsenal‘s proposal came, and as it was another great club, I didn’t think twice.”