Updated: Aug 16, 2019
Former midfielder is convinced Lampard won’t regret his decision to allow the Brazilian leave Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit feels David Luiz wasn’t a priority for Chelsea hence why Frank Lampard showed him the exit doors at Stamford Bridge.
The Brazil international sealed a move from the west London side to Arsenal on deadline day last week in an £8m deal after the Blues boss reportedly revealed he won’t be a regular in his starting XI.
However, Petit says he would have preferred the deal to ‘have been done earlier’ in the summer transfer window.
"The fact that David Luiz left the club the way he did tells me that Lampard told him he was not going to feature regularly in his team," Petit told Paddy Power.
"Luiz is 32 years old, and Lampard knows what he’s like as a player and was fine with showing him the door – I don’t think that’s the issue here.
"For me, it should have been done earlier and that’s the problem. I’m not very happy seeing players moving clubs when the competitions are starting, it just causes trouble.
"But for me, Lampard sent a clear message to Luiz by showing him the door, that he is not his priority, so I doubt he regrets his decision."