Jose Mourinho has revealed that Frank Lampard could well become Chelsea boss after he leaves, despite the fact that he could line up against the Blues for Premier League rivals Manchester City tomorrow.
Lampard, who gained cult status at Stamford Bridge over the course of an illustrious 13-year career there, left Chelsea in the summer to join the newly-formed New York City, only to be loaned to Manchester until their season starts.
Lampard's move to City
The controversial choice has evoked the ire of certain Blues supporters, who would never have predicted seeing Lampard in any other Premier League shirt than that of Chelsea.
However, rather than condemn his former star’s actions, Mourinho has stated his belief that Lampard’s legacy has not been tarnished by the move, and that he could one day become Chelsea boss himself.
In a remarkable chain of comments, published by the Daily Mirror, The Special One went on to suggest that Lampard might be the man to replace him when his business is done in west London, which is sure to have opened a fresh can of worms with regards to debate amongst the club’s followers.
“I still believe that what this club proposed to him, which is to be back when he wants and to do what he wants - these were the words from Mr Abramovich - I think it’s not in any danger,” said the Chelsea manager.
“It’s just a period of his career. We thought he was going to play for New York. He decided to play for City . It was just an option, and he had that right to do that. His place in Chelsea’s history is untouchable. I think, in the future, nothing has been lost. He can be back”
Since joining up with Manuel Pellegrini’s reigning English champions Lampard has only made one domestic appearance, during a 2-2 draw with Arsenal.
The City boss has confirmed that the legendary midfielder will play some part when his side host Chelsea tomorrow, though how much he’ll be directly involved in the action remains to be seen.