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Frank Lampard has made ‘massive statement’ at Chelsea with one player - Phil Thompson

That is according to Sky Sports pundit and Liverpool legend Phil Thompson.Luiz left Chelsea for Arsenal on transfer deadline day for a fee of just £8million.The 32-year-old was a regular starter for the Blues last season, making 50 appearances in all competitions.However, Lampard still allowed Luiz to leave, despite not being able to bring in a replacement due to the club’s transfer ban.

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David Luiz joining Arsenal from Chelsea is good news for three players I think Frank has made a massive statement herePhil Thompson on Chelsea selling David Luiz to ArsenalThompson reckons Lampard believed Luiz could be a disruptive influence on the dressing room.

Lampard is embarking on his first season of management in the Premier League.And Thompson says the 41-year-old would have made the decision to sell Luiz to make his job easier.“I think Frank has made a massive statement here,” Thompson said on Soccer Saturday.
Phil Thompson has praised Chelsea boss Frank Lampard for selling David Luiz to Arsenal (Image: GETTY/SKY SPORTS) Trending
Thompson says Frank Lampard has made a big statement at Chelsea (Image: SKY SPORTS) “I think he’s made the right judgement doing what he’s done.

“It’s a big call for such a young manager.“But I think he’s seen him in there, possibly being disruptive, and ‘I can’t have this and I need to do this straight away’.“And when that chance has come, and what happened with Arsenal very late on, I think he’s seen this as a fantastic opportunity.

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.“I think fair play to Frank Lampard for letting him go.“But I think it will be a tough season for the young man.”Luiz started on the bench for Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Newcastle United on Sunday...


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