Frank Lampard has been tipped to evolve into a deeper-lying playmaker by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, despite his advancing years.
According to Goal, Mourinho is confident that the 35-year-old can continue playing, but may need to adapt to a new position, and a different way of playing.
Lampard, who was once famed for his stamina and energy, has shown signs of fatigue in recent months and, now firmly in the twilight of his career, cannot fulfil the same job as he once did.
However according to Mourinho, Lampard still has a major part to play in the Chelsea midfield, and is definitely a part of his long-term plans.
The former Madrid boss tipped the England international to emulate the changes made by the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes in adapting to a new role in order to remain efficient.
"Of course Frank can become that [a deep-lying playmaker]," Mourinho told the Guardian.
"He has to adapt and learn every day how to play with this 'new body'.
“A player can still learn new skills at his age, for sure. I'm 50 and have been a manager since 2000, and I'm learning every day, every match, with every experience. You can always learn new skills, especially if the player has an open mind like he does.
"He's a player who can keep the side's balance, a player who thinks about the game and can work with kids around him.”
The Blues manager also claimed that he is the perfect man to oversee such an adaption in Lampard's on-pitch role.
"For him, it was very good that I'm back because the trust is so big.
“He knows that every decision I make on him is for my team – because that's the most important thing – but also for him."