Chelsea sold defender David Luiz to Arsenal this summer.
Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has told The Telegraph that he wasn’t really expecting to see the club sell David Luiz to Arsenal this past summer.
Luiz had spent most of last season in Chelsea’s first-choice centre back pairing, playing alongside Antonio Rudiger under Maurizio Sarri.
Luiz faced new competition over the summer, as Tomori and Kurt Zouma both returned from loans at Derby County and Everton respectively.
With Andreas Christensen also in contention, Luiz wasn’t guaranteed a starting role under new boss and former teammate Frank Lampard – and he ended up leaving Chelsea on deadline day in August.
The Brazilian was sold to London rivals Arsenal in a deal worth £8million (Independent), leaving many surprised that the Blues were willing to strengthen a direct rival.
Luiz has signed a two-year deal worth £125,000-a-week with Arsenal (Spotrac), and has already become a regular starter for Unai Emery at the Emirates Stadium.
Youngster Tomori has ended up stepping into Luiz’s role, and now looks to be a key player for Lampard, whilst he’s also secured a spot in the England squad.
Now, Tomori has admitted that he wasn’t expecting Arsenal to sign Luiz, and just wanted to improve this season rather than immediately take Luiz’s spot, but is glad things turned as they have.
“Yeah, I wasn’t really expecting it,” said Tomori. “I came in this season just kind of trying to improve myself and give myself the best chance to play in the Premier League. Obviously playing for Chelsea is what I’ve been doing since I was seven years old, so it’s nice it’s happened this way,” he added.