Lampard keen on Mourinho return

Updated: 2013-05-11 07:59

By Agence France-Presse in London (China Daily)

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard on Thursday welcomed speculation linking former manager Jose Mourinho with a return to Stamford Bridge and said it would be a positive move for the club.

Lampard was one of Mourinho's key players during the Portuguese coach's three-year spell at Chelsea, which came to an abrupt end in September 2007 when the manager left the club.

With Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez due to leave at the end of the season, Mourinho has been strongly linked with a return from Real Madrid, and Lampard says he would welcome the sight of his old mentor back at the club.

"I think it would be a great thing for the club," said the England midfielder. "He is a successful manager and he would be a great thing for any club.

"It's hard to comment with the season still ongoing and with the manager not here or chosen yet. It would be easy to speculate.

"I have seen speculation before and a completely different manager walks through the door, so you never know on that front. But he is certainly one of the greatest, if not the greatest manager in world football."

Lampard's own future remains unclear, as his contract is due to expire at the end of the season and the 34-year-old is yet to agree to a new deal.

"I've always said that I wanted to spend all of my career here, so I think everyone knows that," Lampard said.

Asked if Mourinho's return would affect his case, he said: "I honestly don't know. We have got two weeks that will decide whether our season has been a successful one or not. That is the main focus."

(China Daily 05/11/2013 page16)