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Chelsea boss Lampard won’t regret selling Luiz to Arsenal but there was a problem - Petit

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David Luiz made a deadline day move to London rivals Arsenal after Chelsea boss Frank Lampard informed the Brazilian he was not going to be a first-team regular this season.

The deal cost the Gunners a relatively cheap £8million and strengthens what was a poor defence last season.

“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."

However, Petit did reveal he had one misgiving surrounding the move.

“For me, it should have been done earlier and that’s the problem,” he added.

“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.”

Petit formed an impressive midfield partnership with Lampard during a three-year spell at Chelsea and believes the manager’s job at Stamford Bridge has “come too soon” for his ex-teammate.

“Frank Lampard has many qualities. He’s a very dedicated person, who loves football and has total respect for his team-mates and managers. He is always ambitious,” Petit said.

“But somewhere in my mind I have a feeling the Chelsea job could have come too soon for him.

“We saw what he brought to Derby County, leading them to the playoffs, but that wasn’t the end of the story for them and they ended up failing to earn promotion. He’ll face increased expectation at Chelsea, and he knows this, having played for the club for so long.

“He has only just become a manager and needs more experience – with all due respect to Derby, it’s not the same managing them as Chelsea. The environment changes every time you go from one club to another. It’s a huge step for him, and you can’t manage the lives of the players at Stamford Bridge in the same way you can at Derby.

“Frank will be respected because of his past initially – but modern players will always question their manager. They judge their managers all the time. They try to challenge your authority constantly and to question your vision on the pitch. The fact Lampard was a huge figure for Chelsea gives him the power to stand eye-to-eye with his players, who’ll respect him because of his past.

“After a while, they will begin to question his management: your team selection, your tactics, your training methods. We’ve seen what happened to Thierry Henry at Monaco and the same thing could happen to Frank.

“Lampard is a manager now and his decisions will have an impact on his players. The fans will get a huge boost from him being there – he’s a club legend – but if results don’t stand up even the supporters will challenge him. That could happen very quickly.”

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