Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is in Japan as he joined the visit to Asia celebrating our 2017 Premier League title success, with the Premier League trophy having moved on from Bangkok to Tokyo.
The all-time Chelsea highest goalscorer also participated in a Chelsea Foundation coaching session for children held on the lawn of the British Embassy.
Lampard said of the event at the British embassy in Tokyo: “I’m here with Chelsea and their partners Yokohama.
“As Premier League champions, we’ve brought the Premier League trophy to Tokyo in Japan to the huge amount of fans we have here as a club.
“I’ve spent the morning working with some young local footballers, taking part in a Chelsea Foundation coaching session and it’s been a very enjoyable day! I was involved in a session working on some dribbling and passing. The kids were very enthusiastic and showed some great turns. There’s some good talent there and I think at that young age, the most important thing is to enjoy their football and that’s certainly what they were doing.
“I was very aware of the support Chelsea has in Japan,” he added. “I felt it in my playing days when we came here and played in the Club World Cup in 2012. It’s a small world now and through social media I know how much of a base of fans we have here.
“Tokyo is a very welcoming city and the people are fantastic. Coming through the airport, I got a really great welcome and signed some shirts and bits for some fans. It was a pleasant surprise but it’s nice that I’m still welcome here as an ex-Chelsea player so it has been a pleasure.”