Englishman may be carefully rotated though by ‘Mou’ next season.
Veteran Chelsea midfield player Frank Lampard has heaped praise on Blues head coach Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese’s return to Stamford Bridge earlier this summer, according to reports in the Sun.
The England international was a key member of the self-styled ‘Special One’s’ first team during his first spell in west London when the pair won a plethora of trophies together, including back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006, the club’s first top-flight crowns for half a century.
And now Mourinho has made a dramatic comeback to the capital, six years after he left the club in acrimonious circumstances, with the 35-year-old delighted to see his mentor back in charge at Chelsea.
“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 said.
“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.
“So for him to come back, for me personally, is brilliant.”
Lampard, who has been at the Bridge since the summer of 2011 after joining the club from London rivals West Ham United in a deal worth £11 million, has featured in a whopping 608 matches in total in all competitions for Chelsea, scoring an incredible 203 goals in the process, including an equally impressive 141 goals in 403 Premier League outings.
However, Mourinho has warned the Englishman that he will carefully rotate his appearances next season so as to preserve the goalscoring midfield player for the Blues’ most important fixtures.