Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes veteran midfielder Frank Lampard deserves a statue outside Stamford Bridge thanks to his magnificent contribution to the club over the last 13 years.
Lampard has yet to sign a contract extension with the Blues, despite last month’s reports that the 35-year-old was poised to pen a new one-year deal. However, Mourinho stated that he does not believe this weekend’s clash against Cardiff City will be the England international’s final appearance for Chelsea - before hailing him as one of the “biggest players” in the club’s history.
"With Frank and his contribution, there is nothing I can say,” he told reporters on Friday. “However, not now because he's too young, but maybe in a few years he'll have a statue where Peter Osgood is, on the side of the stadium. He's one of the biggest players for this club."
Lampard has made more appearances than anyone else in Chelsea’s history, with the exception of Ron Harris and Peter Bonetti, and is the club’s all-time top scorer with 211 goals to his name.
Chelsea supporters could see as many as three of their veteran stars leave Stamford Bridge this summer. As well as Lampard, captain John Terry and left-back Ashley Cole have also reached the end of their current deals.
Is Lampard the greatest player in Chelsea’s history? The free-scoring midfielder is undoubtedly one of the top three candidates, along with striker Didier Drogba, who left the Blues after inspiring them to Champions League glory two years ago.