Lampard hails Mourinho impact on Chelsea

Frank Lampard has praised the impact of Jose Mourinho on Chelsea, Sky Sports has reported, and, more personally, the influence the manager had on his career.

Lampard was already at Stamford Bridge when Mourinho was first appointed, in 2004, with Lampard moving to Chelsea from West Ham three years earlier. Mourinho left west London in 2007, having taken Chelsea to a pair of Premier League titles and a smattering of other domestic trophies, and, in the process, made Lampard feel like he was one of the best players in the world, according to the man himself.

He told me I was the best player in the world, but if you want to be recognised you need to win titles and medals,” Lampard revealed. “Whether he meant it or not I’m not sure, but he certainly knew how to get the best out of me, as I thought that I needed to prove this bloke right,” the midfielder continued, adding: “So for him to come back, for me personally, is brilliant.

Mourinho was confirmed as the new permanent Chelsea manager shortly after the end of last season, when he left Real Madrid and Rafael Benitez’s interim employment came to an end. But it has not been plain sailing for Mourinho after a frustrating transfer window that has, so far, seen only Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel move to the club, when Mourinho was eyeing up some higher-profile names.

But Lampard feels that the youth of the new pair will work in Chelsea’s favour, particularly with Mourinho at the helm. “The good thing about signing young players is that they are for the future,” Lampard said. “And the manager’s mentality will only help the young players. I believe there are exciting times coming,” Chelsea’s record goal scorer insisted.

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