The Special One feels vindicated in his decision to let club legend move on.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has stated that he was in the right to let club legend Frank Lampard leave the club at the end of last season, despite him still performing well with defending champions Manchester City, the Daily Express reports.
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The 36-year-old initially joined new MLS outfit New York City FC but linked up with Man City until March when the pre-season campaign could begin for the franchise club.
Lampard has starred for Manuel Pellegrini’s men this season, scoring the winner in City’s 1-0 win over Leicester on Saturday.
But Mourinho has insisted that he was right to let the veteran star move on.
“It’s his life, nothing to do with us,” he said.
“He left Chelsea as a free agent and chooses his life, we can’t complain about it. That’s football.
“My view is that when you want to look forward, look to the future and have people like (Cesc) Fabregas and (Nemanja) Matic and Jeremie Boga (a midfielder with the under-21s) which are the next 10 years of the club.
“The project is to prepare for the next 10 years, not for the next year – we made the right decision.
“You can argue ‘You have John Terry and Didier Drogba’. Different. Drogba is a striker that is coming to help and support the team.
“John Terry is the best central defender in English football and it doesn’t matter how old he is.
“The nucleus of the team has to be developed and to have a big player like Frank we would stop the development of the other guys.”
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