Didier Drogba has insisted that Frank Lampard is still a Chelsea player despite signing on loan for their rivals Manchester City, reports ESPN.
Lampard made his debut for the Citizens against Arsenal this past weekend after joining the club on a six-month deal from New York City.
Belongs to Chelsea
Drogba, however, has insisted that Lampard still 'belongs' to the Blues and is part of the club's history. Lampard is set to be reunited with his former teammates this weekend, as his new side play host to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking to reporters, the Blues veteran said: "It doesn't matter the team where he is playing, I think he still belongs to us. He is a Chelsea player, for what he did. For me, he is part of the history of the club.
The striker, of course, rejoined Chelsea the Blues this past summer, but has admitted that he was hoping Lampard would still be at the club.
He continued by saying: "I can't wait to see him, my partner in crime. It is a pity that I came back and he's not here any more, but I will be happy to see him.
"He's part of the history of this club and the fans know what he gave for the club. They know what he did. So I know the reaction will be good. I know that, for sure."
Drogba and Lampard, though, will have to put their relationship to one side this weekend, with City and Chelsea set for a title showdown. Both players have endured a tricky start to this campaign, with Drogba yet to score a competitive goal for the club since his return, whilst Lampard was taken off at half-time on his City debut against the Gunners.
The two stars, then, will be hoping to feature at the Etihad, in what's expected to be a ferocious battle this weekend. City could do with securing all three points against Chelsea this weekend after an inconsistent start to this campaign.
The Sky Blues are already five points behind Jose Mourinho's side after just four games, with the Blues boasting a 100% record this term.
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