Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that he tried to sign Frank Lampard while in charge of Italian outfit Inter Milan, reports the Daily Star.
The Portuguese tactician, who managed the Serie A outfit between 2008 and 2010, attempted to bring the former Blue to Italy during his tenure, but failed to take him away from the Stamford Bridge outfit.
Lampard, of course, departed Chelsea at the end of last season, and is now plying his trade at the club's Premier League title rivals Manchester City.
However, if Mourinho had his way, Lampard would have left Chelsea before last summer as, when asked about his failed attempts to bring Steven Gerrard to the Bridge, Mourinho told reporters: "I have another one when I was trying to get Lampard to Inter."
Mourinho has, however, revealed that he was desperate to have a midfield trio of Lampard, Gerrard and Claude Makelele, but failed to persuade Liverpool's captain to make a switch.
The Blues boss continued by saying: "I was almost there and it didn't happen too. I had a couple of disappointments and that's normal in football."
"I was dreaming of Claude Makelele, Gerrard and Frank Lampard in midfield.
"We were playing in a proper triangle without a number 10 and playing Maka in front of the defenders.
"Me, Mr Abramovich and [former Chelsea chief executive] Peter Kenyon at that time, we dreamed of that.
"His [Gerrard's] people were open to him joining a top side like Chelsea. But to me personally he never said he would come. Never."
The current midfield
Now, though, despite the fact that he's not working with either Lampard or Gerrard, the Blues boss will be quite content with his midfield options at Chelsea.
In fact, the Blues have arguably the best midfield pairing in England's elite division, with the duo of Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic excelling in the middle of the park.
Mourinho will certainly be in great spirits right now after his club demolished Welsh outfit Swansea City in their last outing. And he will now be concentrating on this side's Capital One Cup semi-final clash with Liverpool tomorrow night.