The fans are the ones to decide, Lampard tells Mourinho

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has recently revealed that he thought his move to Manchester City would have dented his image back in 2014, but to his greatest amazement, the Chelsea fans cheered him on nevertheless.

However, then Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was livid with Lampard for going to a direct competitor.

He told Sky Sports in September 2014: “Frank Lampard is a Man City player. When he decided to go to a direct competitor then love stories are over.”

However, Lampard has now responded to that situation and insists that it’s up to the fans to decide how the love story ends.

Lampard said: “At the time I didn’t feel it was quite right. I think it was directly after the match. I think the emotions of the match where I scored the equalising goal can affect the comment or type of comment.

“The love story or not is always decided by the fans and the club. I think it’s proven now I am managing the club. I think a lot of people understood how I felt about Chelsea and always did and always will do regardless of the year at Manchester City.”

Since then, Mourinho has gone on to become Manchester United manager and is now the boss at Tottenham, further putting an end to his love story with Chelsea.

Lampard has also revealed that going to Manchester City and the MLS helped shape his managerial career as he was able to learn new things.

He added: “I wanted to finish my career at Chelsea but it didn’t work that way. The year in Manchester was perfect for what I am doing now. It opened my eyes to another club, another structure, another dressing room, another coaching philosophy and another idea. Then in New York again that continued, it started to shape what you’re thinking next.

“I can’t look back on my career now with any negative feelings even though it meant leaving Chelsea. I am thankful I had a long career at great places.”

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