Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho: I talked Frank Lampard out of MLS move

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he talked Frank Lampard out of a move to the MLS before returning to Stamford Bridge

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Frank Lampard is Chelsea's record goal-scorer Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has revealed he talked Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard out of a move to Major League Soccer before sealing his return as Blues boss in June.

The England international appeared to be on the verge of a move away from the west London outfit with his contract running down and the Blues failing to offer their vice-captain a new deal.

However, Lampard did eventually pen a one-year contract extension in May after the club’s Europa League success, and Mourinho claimed that he talked the midfielder into staying at Stamford Bridge.

“At that time (last season) I was not in contact with the club,” Lampard told Sky Sports News. “I was only in contact with him as a friend because we kept contact all over these
years.

“I was telling him, the way I know you – don’t go to American soccer. You are a player who needs to compete every week at the highest level, you are a player that needs to be in real competition.

“If you go to the States, it’s a fantastic country, football is coming up and you would be very important there. But if you go there you will not enjoy your life, and you have years to enjoy your life as a player.

“So my opinion was not to go but try and stay at Chelsea – if Chelsea doesn’t want you then try and stay in the Premier League because you belong to high level competition. He was telling me in the Premier League he doesn’t want to play in any other club.”

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