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Frank Lampard Thanks Jose Mourinho For Influence On His Career

Chelsea midfielder believes Mourinho made him one of the best in the world.

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has heaped praise on Jose Mourinho on talkSPORT for the effect the Portuguese coach had on his career.

The Real Madrid manager spent four years at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2007, helping the Blues to two Premier League titles win, and helping their rise to domestic and European domination.

Mourinho is widely expected to return to the club as manager this season after a difficult spell in Spain, and Lampard believes his old boss is the best manager in the world, and is grateful to him for helping him develop into the player he is today.

“I have had really good managers at times but it’s the ones that get the best out of you,” said the 34-year-old. “Mourinho brought my confidence to a level that it had never been.

“Tactically, he’s very astute and, as a team, he sets you up brilliantly. What he does is get the best out of players, and gets this togetherness I’d never known until he came to the club and I haven’t seen it again since then.

“He’s brilliant with his team, he’s brilliant with individuals and I think he’s brilliant with the press. Now I know he creates a storm here and there but he does protect his players.”

Lampard recently agreed a new one-year extension to his Chelsea contract, after looking for much of the season like he might leave the club. However, Mourinho is said to be keen on keeping the former West Ham man around if he returns to the club in the summer.

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