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Clement wanted to bring Lampard to Swansea City

Swansea boss Paul Clement. Credit: PA

Swansea boss Paul Clement has revealed he tried to sign Frank Lampard before the former England star announced his retirement.

Clement - who worked with Lampard when he was Chelsea's assistant manager - said he tried to bring the 38-year-old back to south Wales following his appointment at the Liberty Stadium at the start of January.

"We had a chat. I think he appreciated that I called him because of our relationship," Clement said.

"I am not saying it got close in any way, but we had a conversation. It did not go very far, but it would have been nice. It would have been good.

''His ability as a player we all know about. But he is also a very good leader and character and a fantastic professional."

Lampard was sent out on loan to Swansea by West Ham in October 1995 when he was just 17 years of age, making 11 appearances.

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Lampard would love to make Chelsea return as a player

Frank Lampard would love to return to Chelsea. Credit: PA

Frank Lampard says he would love to return to Chelsea as a player, although the former England midfielder plans to spend plenty of time at Stamford Bridge even if he is not offered a deal.

The Blues' all-time leading goalscorer is considering his options after his contract expired with MLS side New York City.

Speaking alongside Blues captain John Terry on Soccer AM, Lampard said:

Myself and John are Chelsea through and through so whatever happens, in some capacity I will be at Chelsea.

Whether it's with my season ticket, watching them, I don't know yet, I'll have very close contact. Whether I'll have the role (as a player), it's not all in my hands so I can't go any further on that.

I'm very relaxed about it, which is a nice place to be. If the right thing comes, I'll take it. Obviously Chelsea, I'd love that, but it doesn't work that way always.

– Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard

Lampard: Chelsea and Man City will contest Premier League title

Frank Lampard wants his former club Chelsea to win the league this season. Credit: PA

Frank Lampard believes Antonio Conte can lead Chelsea to a serious title challenge this season.

The Blues' record goalscorer is still an avid Premier League watcher despite plying his trade with New York City in Major League Soccer and thinks Conte is the man to turn around his old side's fortunes.

Lampard has heard good things from Andrea Pirlo, his New York team-mate and a former Conte player with Juventus and Italy.

"Being at Chelsea for such a long time I have an allegiance so I would obviously like Chelsea to win the league and I think they'll be back challenging," he told BBC Radio 5.

"I do fancy it being between Chelsea and Manchester City this year.

"I spoke to Pirlo (about Conte) about him and he had nothing but great things to say. He works the lads very hard in training with his fitness work and with organisation on the pitch.

"The players will need to buy into that and respect that then you'll see an improvement from last year."

Lampard hits hat-trick for New York City

Frank Lampard scored a hat-trick as New York City strengthened their position at the top of Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference with a 5-1 thrashing of 10-man Colorado Rapids.

The Rapids went into the game in second place in the Western Conference, with games in hand on leaders FC Dallas.

However, they faced an uphill battle after Michael Azira was sent off in the 37th minute - nine minutes after Lampard had opened the scoring.

Frank Lampard has found his feet in America. Credit: PA

Tony Taylor doubled the lead three minutes before the interval, and then three goals inside the last 15 minutes completed the rout.

Substitute Steven Mendoza got the third, before former England midfielder Lampard netted twice in three minutes - the second of which was a penalty - to complete his hat-trick

Shkelzen Gashi replied for the Rapids in the last minute - but it was little consolation.

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Lampard booed as New York City season debut ends in 7-0 defeat

Frank Lampard in New York. Credit: PA

Frank Lampard made his long-awaited season debut for New York City following an injury lay-off, but his first experience of a derby Stateside couldn't have gone much worse, as the New York Red Bulls thrashed City FC 7-0 at Yankee Stadium.

Bradley Wright-Phillips and Dax McCarty each scored twice before Alex Muyl, Gonzalo Veron and Gideon Bash ran up the score to match the largest margin of victory in MLS history.

Lampard, 37, who joined New York City last year, earns $6,000,000 (£4,108,660) – more than all of the Red Bulls team combined. Sections of the City home support booed him when he entered the fray.

Chelsea league position is 'ridiculous' - Lampard

Frank Lampard thinks Chelsea are losing personalities. Credit: PA

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is concerned the Blues are lacking "real personalities" and believes their current Premier League position is "ridiculous".

Under the leadership of interim manager, Chelsea have put a poor start to the season behind them, as they now sit 11th in the league.

However, former England international Lampard, who played more than 400 games for the club between 2001 and 2014, sees John Terry as the last of the big personalities at Stamford Bridge.

I do worry about where the real personalities of the team are. To be a big team, you have to have big personalities.

I don't want to sound like I am harking back to the days of me and John (Terry) and Ashley Cole and Petr Cech and Didier Drogba but I do see a team now where John is the last mainstay of that identity.

Maybe Chelsea are looking for a more beautiful way now. The club has been trying to push it down that route with the players they have recruited over the last four or five years.

The problem is if you fall in the middle, somewhere between tough and beautiful. It's nice football at times but it's not that nice and it's not really winning games. It's not beautiful, beautiful stuff.

They need to buy two or three big players. Because being 11th in the Premier League is ridiculous for Chelsea.

– Frank Lampard speaking to Mail on Sunday
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