Lampard came close to leaving Chelsea, says Mourinho
Frank Lampard has been a Chelsea player since 2001, and he has risen to the status of a legend during this period. Many would say that he has been Chelsea through and through, but there have been times when Lampard came close to leaving Chelsea. Perhaps, the rumours were extremely high during the summer of 2008 when the midfielder also lost his mother. It was heavily rumoured that Inter Milan, who were under the management of Jose Mourinho, were looking to sign him.
The move was very close to becoming a reality according to Jose Mourinho, who is reunited with Lampard once again. The pair shared a great relationship and have been part of numerous title winning teams when working together. Mourinho also famously labelled him as one of the 'untouchables' in his first spell. The latest revelation by Mourinho to Daily Star Sunday is not surprising.
In the interview, Mourinho said, "It was close, very, very close. When he eventually turned me down I told him he had made the right decision. He is Chelsea. This is where he belongs."
Lampard also came close to leaving Chelsea in the summer, as his contract was due to expire at the end of the season. It could well be due to Mourinho's intervention that saw Chelsea offer a one-year deal to the 35-year-old, who has been an ever present in the Chelsea team this season. At the start of the season, Mourinho hinted that Lampard may be rested for more matches considering his age, but that has not been the case.
The midfielder has scored 205 goals, which is an all-time record for Chelsea, since his £11 million move in 2001. Unlike Villas-Boas, Mourinho has retained the old guard like Lampard, John Terry, and Ashley Cole in the team. He says that they have made his comeback a lot easier because they trust him.
Chelsea are only two points off the top of the table after seven matches. Their rise up the table continued after a 3-1 win over Norwich.