‘We made the right decision’ to let Frank Lampard leave, says Chelsea’s Mourinho

Jose Mourinho insists 'the project is to prepare for the next 10 years', which is why Chelsea let Frank Lampard depart to MLS - and subsequently on loan to Manchester City, where he's been effective this year.
Frank Lampard of Manchester City celebrates after scoring in City's Premier League victory against Leicester City on Saturday. Michael Regan / Getty Images / December 13, 2014
Frank Lampard of Manchester City celebrates after scoring in City's Premier League victory against Leicester City on Saturday. Michael Regan / Getty Images / December 13, 2014

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists the club made the right decision in not keeping Frank Lampard as it would have hindered the development of younger players.

The former England midfielder left Stamford Bridge in the summer as the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, and after initially signing for Major League Soccer franchise New York City FC he was loaned to sister club Manchester City.

Lampard has responded with six goals this season – including Saturday’s winner at Leicester City – to show he can still do a job in the Premier League, but Mourinho is unrepentant about the decision to allow the 36-year-old to leave.

“It’s his life, nothing to do with us. He left Chelsea as a free agent and chooses his life, we can’t complain about it. That’s football,” said the Portuguese.

“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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Published: December 15, 2014 04:00 AM

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