Lampard has no regrets over Man City move

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Lampard in a Man City kit still looks a little odd
Lampard in a Man City kit still looks a little odd

Frank Lampard has insisted he did not tarnish his Chelsea legacy when he signed for their title rivals Manchester City last summer.

Lampard was not given a new contract by Chelsea last summer and opted to sign for MLS side New York City, but he then agreed to a season-long deal to play for Premier League champions City.

That brought him in direct combat with Chelsea in the Premier League title race, but speaking to chat show host Alan Carr on Channel 4, he stated his belief that his place as a Blues great would always be secured.

“I had 13 years at Chelsea and I will always be a Chelsea boy because I played there and have so many memories,” said Lampard.

“They decided I was moving on and at 35 you are not going to fight that. If they want you to move on you move on. Then Manchester City came in for me. it was too good to turn down.

“At 36, not many people get asked to play for the champions of England at the time for five months. I have got such a great relationship with the Chelsea fans. It hasn’t broken it.

“I still have my main house in Chelsea and I go back to London a lot, I hope I won’t ever lose that, I don’t think I will.”

Lampard also offered glowing words for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, even though he is believed to have agreed with the decision to allow the veteran midfielder to leave his club last summer.

“He is brilliant. If you wanted to bottle a manager and get all the good bits in it, he has got them,” added Lampard.

“I say that because he helped me in my career a huge amount. When he came I didn’t have that self-confidence, I was 25, and he brought that out of me. And he does that with all the players he works with.

“He is very good at gauging a player and he knows if you need a b******ing he will give it to you individually or as a team on a day but if you need a little bit of love and niceness he does that as well.”