Frank Lampard has lifted the lid on life behind the scenes at Chelsea under Rafa Benitez - revealing that he never built a close relationship with the Spaniard.
Benitez was installed as interim Chelsea boss following the sacking of Roberto di Matteo in November, just eight months after he guided the club to victory in the Champions League and the FA Cup.
Lampard revealed that Benitez's managerial style was hard to adjust to following his arrival in west London, and that he never built a relationship with the 53-year-old.
"There are certain managers you build relationships with and feel closer to. He’s not that kind of bloke, Lampard told the Sun.
“Other managers draw a bit of a line and keep it that way. Rafa’s more like that.
“He was not really the sort of manager you could sit and talk with.
Lamaprd, now the club's record goalscorer, recently signed a new one-year contract extension with Chelsea after months of speculation over his future.
“We had a couple of conversations about my future in which he was quite honest saying that he wasn’t really involved," he continued. “So that’s where that conversation ends.
“He’s not a manager who goes round putting his arm around every player — and I’m not saying that’s wrong.
“There are a lot of managers like that, Fabio Capello was like that with England.”
Benitez, who will leave Stamford Bridge after the completion of their post-season tour of north America, wasn't a popular appointment, but won over the majority of fans after helping to win the Europa League as well as guiding Chelsea to 3rd place in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho has been tipped for a return to Chelsea after Real Madrid confirmed he will depart the Bernabeu at the end of the season by mutual consent.
While Lampard said he would welcome Mourinho back with open arms and described him as the 'best manager I've worked with' - the 34-year-old said he was thankful for the job Benitez had done.
"He’s [Benitez] a professional bloke. He prepared very well for games," he said.
“And it was a difficult situation for him as well. As interim manager it was always going to be quite difficult because we all knew it was only to the end of the season.
“So there was no planning, no long-term relationships were going to be built. So, in that respect, he did a good job because we got the end result — success.”
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