Frank Lampard is unquestionably a legend to all Chelsea fans and a player who is held in the highest regard throughout the football world. That is of course to everyone except Andre Villas-Boas it seems.
Rumours in the Daily Mail suggest Lampard will be forced out of the bridge before a clause in his contract activates.
Lampard signed a new deal worth £130,000 a week and included a loyalty bonus of £1.5 million to be paid to Lampard if he sees out his current deal which is due to expire in June 2013.
There have been many incidents this season involving AVB and Lampard, in a report in the Sun in December Lampard admitted he had not spoken to AVB about why he has been warming the bench so much after coming off the bench to score the winning goal in the Blues 2-1 home win against Manchester City. Another report in the Sun after Chelsea won 2-1 at Wolves thanks to a Frank Lampard strike, sensationally claimed Chelsea boss AVB blanked the England midfielder both in the dressing room and on the coach home.
Most recently it has been claimed both Lampard and Ashley Cole questioned the managers selection for the crucial first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie in Naples – which Chelsea lost 3-1 – Lampard and Cole, along with Michael Essien where all benched in a move which stunned fans and pundits alike. It has been claimed this was AVB’s way of exposing the players which he admitted are ‘not with him’.
The treatment of Frank Lampard by the new Chelsea boss has certainly taken me by surprise. All other Chelsea managers have tried to get Lampard and Terry onside in order to gain a link between themselves and the dressing room. The frankly disgusting treatment of a player who has performed so consistently for Chelsea over his 11 year Blues career is disrespectful and distasteful.
In a time where players are criticised for having no loyalty surely players such as Lampard, Terry, Giggs, Carragher and Gerrard should be praised and rewarded for their undoubted loyalty to their clubs.
Is Lampard worth shipping out to save £1.5 million? Doesn’t a player of his quality still have something to offer? Most importantly, doesn’t he deserve that loyalty bonus?
I agree and buy into the building for the future philosophy, however, when looking forward it is important to not forget the past or the history. I believe Lampard should be more of a bit part player in his final few seasons, like Giggs is used at Man United. The way AVB has tried to go about this has been totally wrong, he should have sat Lampard down and said he is a valuable player but he can no longer build the team around him and allow Lampard to make the decision as to where his future lies.
I have also been surprised in the treatment of Lampard from Roman Abramovich, an owner who has invested a lot of money into the club, and thanks in no small part to Lampard has achieved success.
More importantly I have been surprised when reading various blogs and Facebook comments in the treatment the Chelsea legend is receiving from some Chelsea fans. No doubt a small minority of Chelsea fans but nevertheless it is surprising how quick fans forget all the great moments of great players and instead want a new multi-million pound signing instead of a true blue.
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