Ready Chelsea fans? Here is what Lampard had to say after officially signing for club
Former Blues midfielder Frank Lampard has admitted that the Chelsea job will be the biggest challenge of his career after officially making the move back to the club.
Lampard ended months of speculation and rumours when he decided to part with Derby just a few days ago, and after some tough negotiations with owner Roman Abramovic, a deal has finally been finalised between the two clubs and Lampard.
Reports have claimed, the interview process included an open exchange of views, with both sides wanting to be certain the relationship would work for them, and iit is believed Lampard has been seeking assurances about owner Roman Abramovich’s expectations and the club’s plans once FIFA’s transfer embargo expires.
But after taking up the role, Lampard has admitted that it will be biggest challenge of his career to lead the Blues, telling the club website: “My playing career is done – great memories and challenges along the way. I always loved a challenge. Coming here 19 years ago was a challenge.
“I remember driving home with the radio on and some people were questioning whether I should be here for £11m. I worked really hard to try and put that right and now I’m going to work really hard to be successful as a manager here.
“When I started out in management I thought last year was a challenge. I don’t want credit for my playing career; I should be judged on what I do here.”
“I thought about it a lot,” he added.
“One year in professional management and you get the Chelsea job – that doesn’t come around very often.
“I played under a lot of fantastic managers, so that stands me in good stead. I’ve had one year at Derby where I learnt a lot and I know about this club; I know how it works.
“But I have to prove that. I’m ready for that. I believe in myself completely and I want to prove I’m ready to manage this club.”
And Lampard also opened up on the fact that have lost star man Eden Hazard this season, aswell as the fact they will not be able to delve into the transfer kitty and acquire a few new players this summer, but he has been optimistic, adding: “There’s a lot of competition at the top of the league, but we have a very strong squad.
“I don’t want to talk down this squad because there’s huge talent there. It’s a team that managed to come third last year and win the Europa League. We haven’t been decimated.
“I know what is expected and I understand that’s where we should be. We have a very strong squad and great young players that have the talent to be huge players for this club. Part of my job will be to get that out of them.
“The academy have been doing great work for years, so it would be remiss for me to come in and say I’m not going to look at that.”
Lampard will surely be welcomed back to Chelsea with open arms, but it is still too soon for the young boss and he could struggle with all the pressure he will face in the coming months.
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