Mourinho: Lampard will be back at Chelsea

Jose Mourinho believes Frank Lampard will have a role to play at Chelsea in the future despite releasing the England midfielder at the end of the season, Sky Sports has reported.

Lampard is to leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expires, bringing an end to a 13-year stay at the club. He joined the Blues from West Ham in 2001 and has gone on to become Chelsea’s record goal scorer and make more than 600 appearances.

Speaking at a promotional event, Mourinho reflected on Lampard’s exit, predicting the 35-year-old’s association with the club is far from over for good. “You can’t imagine how difficult it was [to let Lampard go],” Mourinho said. “But at the same time, I can feel some happiness about the process because, for sure, he comes back to Chelsea.

“[Roman Abramovich] – the No.1, the most important person – wants very much for Frank to be back, I want him to be back, the staff want him to be back, so he comes back, for sure,” Mourinho continued. “The other thing is that he can come back the way he wants. Mr Abramovich has left the door completely open for him on the understanding Frank can do anything he wants at this club.

“He can come back when he wants and, to repeat Mr Abramovich’s words, the way he wants. He can be a coach, he can start at the academy, he can start being my assistant at the same time because he is doing his coaching badges or he can start in a different role.

“He can decide: ‘I don’t want to start immediately at the coaching role, I want to be an ambassador, I want to work hand in hand with the CEO, representing the club in important places of our life.

“It’s not the end of Frank Lampard’s career in Chelsea. It’s just a little break. He is one of the most important players in the history of the club.”

Lampard is part of the England squad for the World Cup, named as vice-captain under Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard. Lampard has more than 100 caps for the Three Lions and wore the armband against Ecuador in midweek.

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