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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard addressed media ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Southampton and he appeared to make a subtle dig at former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for allowing players like Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne to leave the club during his time in charge.
Both De Bruyne and Salah struggled during their time at Chelsea under Mourinho but have become world-class players since leaving Stamford Bridge.
According to Lampard, Mourinho didn’t stick with Salah and De Bruyne and he has vowed to be patient and stick with the latest group of Chelsea youngsters.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will definitely be happy with Lampard’s pledge to stick with the youngsters at the club as it has always been his dream for youngsters to progress from the club’s academy into the first team.
“If we’re not patient and if we don’t stick with the players, we might end up in a situation like we were before where absolute top, world-class players in this moment were at Chelsea when they were 20, 21 and managers didn’t stick with them so much then,” Lampard said.
“I’m in a position where I’m going to stick with them.”
Mourinho has previously denied letting Salah leave Chelsea.
“When the club decided to sell him, it was not me,” the now Tottenham manager said in January.
“I bought him, I didn’t sell him, and my relationship with him was good, is good.
“I think that he doesn’t regret that move because everything went well. Everything went well for him and the progression went well for him but, at that moment, he was just a kid with a huge desire to play every week, every minute and we couldn’t give him it.”