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Former Chelsea striker Pierluigi Casiraghi has told Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham to shut his ears and not listen to criticism.
The former Chelsea No.9 feels Abraham, the current Chelsea No.9, has the potential to do big things at Stamford Bridge.
Casiraghi told Daily Mail: “[Tammy] Abraham started really well, he has talent and quality, so I hope he can do the whole championship at this level.
“[He is] A young boy who has to shut his ears and not listen to criticism. To grow you have to make mistakes and he must have the right to do it.”
Casiraghi also believes Chelsea will flourish under Frank Lampard.
He added: “Lampard had a great chance. He will play his cards without having anything to lose and I am sure he will succeed in imposing himself, he loves young players and this makes him honorable.”
Casiraghi was one of a number of Italian imports for the Blues during the nineties, and arrived with a glowing reputation following strong spells with Lazio and Juventus.
His Premier League career came to a sudden end due to a horror injury following a collision with West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop. The knee injury left him needing 10 operations.
“I had a four-year contract so my intent was to win with them and score a lot of goals to dedicate to the club, to the comrades and to the fans that have always been close to me,” Casiraghi explained. “Hislop never wanted to break my knee, he was very unlucky that day for me.
“An incredible physical and mental pain…but now it is useless to go back to thinking about it because it still hurts.
“Italian football has always expressed great talents and great qualities. I believe and I still believe that Italy is the country where so many talents are born.
“Chelsea had the merit and luck of choosing Di Matteo, Vialli and Zola: champions of great international level. Without injury I would have scored a lot, I’m sure.”