Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was ‘annoyed’ with David Luiz after their 5-3 win over Red Bull Salzburg in pre-season because he played too many long balls.
Lampard surprised many when he deemed Luiz surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Brazilian, 32, called time on his second stint with the Blues to join bitter rivals Arsenal on transfer deadline day for a mere £8m.
After the shock move, Lampard insisted he had held “honest conversations” with Luiz about his future at the club before allowing him to leave.
And according to The Athletic , the 41-year-old’s frustrations came when Luiz reverted from his game-plan in a friendly away at Salzburg in July.
Luiz was not at his best in Austria, misplacing a pass straight out for a corner before allowing Jerome Junior Onguene to head home from the resulting set-piece.
However, Lampard is also said to have been ‘annoyed’ about his old team-mate spraying too many long balls from deep when his philosophy is to play out from the back.
One insider claims words were exchanged between the pair afterwards, which ultimately led to the player’s departure.
Luiz did allude to this himself, insisting he had “different ideas” to Lampard in the wake of his controversial move across London.
“In talks with Frank, he had a different plan for the year,” he told ESPN Brazil .
“So we spoke in total honesty and he made it clear that he had different ideas from mine.
“So I had this opportunity to receive an offer from Arsenal, which is a great club.”
Lampard and Luiz enjoyed success together as players at Chelsea, both starting and scoring penalties in their historic Champions League final shootout win over Bayern Munich in 2012.