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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has returned to the club as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement. Lampard signed a new three-year deal with the club after leaving Derby County at the end of last season.
Lampard is one of Chelsea’s greatest players and enjoyed a trophy-laden 13-year spell at the club and he’s the club’s record goalscorer with 211 goals.
Super Frankie Lampard as he’s called has a fantastic relationship with Chelsea fans and was voted Player of the Year three times by Chelsea fans.
Lampard left Stamford Bridge in 2014 having won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League and, of course, the Champions League.
Surprisingly, Lampard still has some of his ex teammates at the club and will be their manager next season.
Below are 3 former teammates Lampard will manage next season:
After troubling Chelsea while playing for Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League in 2012, Willian briefly signed for Anzhi Makhachkala before joining Chelsea for £30 million in 2013.
The Brazilian has been an influential Chelsea over the years as the Blues beat Tottenham to hijack his signing.
Willian was Lampard’s teammate for just one year, as the Chelsea legend left Chelsea in 2014. The Brazilian will now be managed by his former teammate.
However, Willian is eager to play under Lampard and backed the 41-year-old to excel at Stamford Bridge.
Willian said: “He is a legend. He was an extraordinary player for the club, winning every possible title. He deserves so much respect and backing for what he has already achieved at the club. If Chelsea do bring him in, he will be very welcome.”
“Is he definitely going to be the next manager? I don’t know but I think he would be up to the task. He was a great player, and he is a great person. He’s only starting his managerial career now, but he has everything it takes to be a success.”
Willian scored Chelsea’s only goal in the two-legged Champions League tie with Barcelona in 2018, and was the Blues standout player. Speaking after that game, Lampard was full of praise for the Brazilian.
“He is on top form at the moment, without a doubt Willian now could easily play in any team in the world.
“He could have played in Barcelona’s team. We wax lyrical about Messi, I think Willian can play at that level.”
2. Cesar Azpilicueta
Azpilicueta joined Chelsea in 2012 from Marseille, shortly after the Blues won the Champions League. The Spaniard is currently one of the longest serving players at the club and also played with Frank Lampard.
Azpilicueta spent two years with Lampard and was one of the younger players of the team while Lampard was in the twilight of his career.
Azpilicueta is currently the club captain and he revealed last year that Lampard was among the players who were his role models at Chelsea.
“When I came, I was lucky to have JT and Lamps and, even though they didn’t wear the armband, Ashley (Cole), Didier (Drogba), Petr (Cech),” he told the Daily Mirror in 2018.
“I always felt from their behaviour on the day-by-day basis you can tell they were helping you. Sometimes not even saying anything, but just with their eyes.
“They made me understand what it was to play for Chelsea, for the fans, the whole club, it is something that as soon as you come in you take it and you feel it.”
3. David Luiz
David Luiz signed for Chelsea in 2012, as Chelsea snapped up the Brazilian from Benfica. The 32-year-old is currently the only surviving member of the Chelsea squad that won the Champions League in 2012 and partnered Gary Cahill in defence in the Champions League final after skipper John Terry was shown a red card in the semi-final clash with Barcelona.
Luiz left Chelsea two years after winning the Champions League as he was sold by Jose Mourinho in 2014 to Paris Saint-Germain, but the Blues bought him back Under Antonio Conte in 2016, and the Brazilian has been an important player for the club since his return.
The 32-year-old’s deal was due to expire at the end of the season but he has now extended his stay for two more seasons that will keep him at the club until 2021.
Luiz spent 3 years as a Chelsea player with Lampard and will have his former teammate as manager.
Lampard hailed Luiz for his role in Chelsea’s title winning season under Antonio Conte as the Brazilian was deployed in the middle of a back three.
After including the Samba star in his Premier League Team of the Season so far, the Blues icon told Sky Sports: “I think David Luiz has matured. He was a very good player before – we won the Champions League with him and Gary Cahill as centre-halves in the final – but the criticism of him at that point could have been ‘can he make a mistake and does he try and over-play?’
“Since he’s been back, in a role in the middle of a back three, he has shown discipline and quality on the ball. His defensive stuff has been brilliant and I couldn’t leave him out.
“He’s probably the best centre-half in the league, for me, this season.”