Lampard praises quality player he had tried to sign

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was appointed as the manager of the club last summer, and one good thing the Blues boss has done since taking charge of the club is to secure the club’s future by getting the club’s top youngsters to commit their future to the club.

Lampard has trusted these youngsters not just in words but on the pitch as well, and one Chelsea youngster who’s making waves of recent is Reece James.

The 20-year-old recently signed a new five-and-a-half year deal that will keep him at the club until 2025, and Lampard has admitted his delight in his signing a new deal.

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Lampard has now admitted that he tried to sign James for himself while he was in charge of Derby County but the deal never went through.

“I rate him very highly,” said Lampard. “I knew him as a youth player in the Academy here. I saw him on loan last year when he did fantastically well at Wigan. I tried to get him to Derby [on loan] but he could not come in the mid-season, but I admired him a lot. Then to work with him I feel the same and even more so.

“He has got his foot into the first team here and I think there is a lot more to come from Reece James,’ added the head coach.

“He is a really talented player and he wants to learn, he wants to improve, he wants to train and do the right things and he has that talent. So it is great for the club that he has signed for so long.”

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