Mourinho believes that Lampard is welcome back at Stamford Bridge whenever.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is set for a reunion with his former midfielder Frank Lampard this weekend, as the Blues’ all-time record goalscorer returns for the first time with Manchester City, and the Chelsea boss has suggested that Lampard could one day take over from him as Stamford Bridge boss, report the Mirror.
Lampard was one of the most important parts of Mourinho’s all-conquering Chelsea side during his first spell at Stamford Bridge, although his influence waned last season, but Mourinho has still suggested that the door is very much open for the former England international to return to the club one day:
“It’s just a period of his career. We thought he was going to play for New York. He decided to play for City . It was just an option, and he had that right to do that. His place in Chelsea’s history is untouchable. I think, in the future, nothing has been lost. He can be back one day, I think so. If he wants to be a manager, he could succeed me.”
Lampard left Stamford Bridge on a free transfer to join new MLS franchise New York City FC this summer, but has joined City on a short term loan deal to keep fit until the start of the 2015 MLS campaign, leading to a potentially emotional reunion with his former club at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.