Villas-Boas insists relationship with Lampard is good

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas insists that he and midfielder Frank Lampard have a great relationship and there is no truth to reports of a fall-out, BBC Sport reports.

Villas-Boas has not been afraid to drop Lampard since he took over at Stamford Bridge in the summer and that has caused intense speculation over the England international’s future. Premier League champions Manchester United were rebuffed in their approach for Lampard, who has openly admitted his frustration at not being a regular in the Blues starting line-up. Villas-Boas was also accused of blanking Lampard on the team bus following the 2-1 win away at Wolves, but the Portuguese manager insists that there are no problems.

‘My relationship with Frank is good, fantastic, and we see each other and we speak every day. He is in and out the team on rotation. There is no such thing. We decide on an 11 that is strong for every game and an 11 that can help us in the strategy to try to win the game. Frank has been decisive in these last two games, always with his great timing of arrival in the box’, Villas-Boas said.

Lampard has scored ten times this season, but Villas-Boas has failed to assure the 33 year old of a regular place in the Chelsea side. With his contract running out in the summer, Lampard may look to move away from Stamford Bridge if he cannot get regular first-team football.

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