Revealed: The former Chelsea player that ensured Lampard signed for Chelsea instead of Leeds

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is one of the best players to wear the Chelsea shirt but it could have been different when he left West Ham in 2001.

Chelsea weren’t the only club keen on signing Lampard in 2001. Leeds were also interested in signing Lampard, with David O’Leary building a good team which contained many English players, including Rio Ferdinand and Alan Smith.

According to former Chelsea midfielder Alan Hudson, he’s the reason behind Lampard opting for a move to Stamford Bridge.

“I’m the reason he signed for Chelsea,” Hudson told The Times.

“His dad rang me and said he was going to Leeds. I wouldn’t say I talked him out of it but I told him my view.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed how he intends to turn Chelsea into title challengers.

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“I don’t want to jump the gun because what Liverpool and Manchester City have done has been clear,” Lampard told Sky Sports.

“I’d be a fool to suggest we can bridge that gap quickly because there has been a lot of hard work at those clubs in terms of recruitment of top players, of great coaches.

“We have to be part of that process. We have to do it our way, we can’t try to copy. We have had experienced players around this year to help the youngsters but we know there are little areas within the squad… some of that’s what we have on the ground here already, some of that is how we might look to recruit.

“What’s going on in the world has made it very difficult to plan on that front. But going into this break I certainly felt we were moving in the right direction and with continued progress and work on the training ground, as well as potentially bringing in some players in key areas to try and help us bridge that gap, yes, I’ve got a strong belief that we can [challenge].”

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