Lampard admits Manchester City move worried him

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Frank Lampard’s legendary class at Chelsea is beyond normal as Chelsea fans see the 41-year-old as one of the greatest players to have worn the Blue badge.

Indeed, Lampard was a committed professional and retired as the club’s highest scorer after scoring 211 goals in 648 appearances for Chelsea.

Lampard spent 13 years as a Chelsea player and won the hearts of the Chelsea faithful before making a surprise switch to Manchester City in 2014.

The Chelsea manager has now admitted that he was concerned by the reaction of Chelsea fans when he made his move to Manchester City in 2014.

The Chelsea legend even scored a late goal to deny the Blues from beating City at the Etihad Stadium in a 1-1 draw that season. But his Chelsea image wasn’t dented as Chelsea fans chanted his name throughout the game and even after his goal which he refused to celebrate.

Speaking about his Man City fears, Lampard said: “Maybe [the relationship reached a new level], yeah. I think the reaction of me going to City was something I was concerned about, I’m not going to lie after 13 years here. I wondered at 36 whether the year there was something that I should take on because of what I feel about this club.

“My professional head and the challenge of it and the period I had where I wasn’t going to be playing games for New York all came together and made me take a decision which was quite tough at the time. To then see the feeling I got from the Chelsea fans was an emotional thing for me and it hasn’t stopped from that day.”

Five years after, Lampard is back as the manager of Chelsea and has garnered all the managerial experience as much as possible which is now evident at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.