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Frank Lampard retired from his playing career in 2017 after a 21-year professional career.
The 40-year-old was a very successful player and is highly regarded at Stamford Bridge, where he’s a legend at the club.
Lampard made 649 appearances for Chelsea and won 106 England caps. Lampard spent his final year as a player with New York City in Major League Soccer in the US.
He won 11 major trophies, including three Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2012. Lampard also won four FA Cups, two League Cups and the Europa League.
Lampard didn’t take long after his retirement, as he went on to become manager of Derby County the following season and he did pretty well in just his first year as a manager.
Now as Chelsea boss, Lampard has revealed that it wasn’t his intention to become a manager when he was a young player in Chelsea, but he revealed what changed his mind as he grew older.
“In my twenties I didn’t want to be a manager,” Lampard said.
“When you’re an individual player you’re relatively selfish most of the time in terms of worrying about yourself day to day to be fit and be the best. Then when you get a bit older and realise you need to be much more selfless and take responsibility for everyone, those moments with managers come back to you.
“When I turned 30 I started thinking about it, as you do when you think about the next steps. If I look back there was no ‘ding’ moment as such. I had lots of managers that influenced me in really good ways. I absolutely respected how they worked with me, and as a group.
“Jose Mourinho I have spoken about a lot when he first came and what he did for me, more mentally rather than tactically or physically. There have been countless managers, without naming them all, who have given me moments on and off the pitch, who made me think I could be very interested in that.”
Lampard has led Chelsea in three pre-season games and it’s been one draw, one win and one loss for the legend as he prepares the team for the new season.