Rumours of Jose Mourinho returning to Chelsea reach new heights with Frank Lampard backing.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has been linked with a switch back to his old team Chelsea for much of this season, with Los Meringues underperforming in La Liga, and arch rivals FC Barcelona effectively champions elect.
Since a visit to Stamford Bridge during the international break to watch Brazil take on Russia, those rumours have heightened – particularly because Mourinho refused to deny that a second stint in charge of Chelsea was on the cards.
The Daily Express now claims that Blues midfielder Frank Lampard would welcome the return of Mourinho to manage Chelsea, with quotes from an anonymous source indicating that the player could accept a dual role including coaching duties.
“Frank’s future at the club is still uncertain, but he has always said he wants to remain at Chelsea,” suggests the source described as close to Lampard.
“Frank would love Mourinho to return, not only to rekindle the glory days but it could also seal the deal in terms of his own future.
“He has said he would love to stay on at Chelsea in a coaching role once his playing days come to an end.”
With Frank Lampard now on 200 Chelsea goals, and only two behind record highest scorer Bobby Tambling, there is quite a clamour amongst Blues fans for him to stay at Stamford Bridge for a further season.
Few players have been so favoured throughout their careers than the likes of Lampard, John Terry, Michael Essien and Didier Drogba when under Mourinho at Chelsea, and Lampard will be well aware that he possesses a good chance of prolonging his Blues career with the Portuguese manager in charge.
Given his side’s poor performance in La Liga, Mourinho’s Real Madrid career could hinge on success in the UEFA Champions League.
Victory in that competition, and suddenly the Real Madrid board – and fans – might be able to forgive the underwhelming results domestically.
Frank Lampard will no doubt be keeping a close eye on proceedings. Yet to be offered a new deal at Stamford Bridge, his Chelsea future could depend on it.