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Bleakley and Lampard send their prayers to Ferdinand

Presenter Christine Bleakley said she and her fiance Frank Lampard are "sending our love and prayers" to Rio Ferdinand and his family following the death of his wife Rebecca.

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Lampard praised for showing 'his class' by Stoke boss

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has hailed the "class" of Frank Lampard after the former England man swapped shirts with Potters teenager Oliver Shenton this week.

Lampard made an effort to awap shirts with Shenton. Credit: PA

Shenton, 17, made his Premier League debut as a late substitute in Wednesday night's 4-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium only two days after his mother's funeral.

City midfielder Lampard, who lost his own mother in 2008, sought out fellow midfielder Shenton after the game to have a chat and trade shirts.

And Hughes said on Friday of the incident: "That is a great touch.

"Obviously Frank has lost close family members as well and maybe that resonated with Frank. I think that shows his class."

David Villa has no issue with Frank Lampard's Man City stay

David Villa has also joined New York City FC. Credit: PA

David Villa has no qualms with Frank Lampard's decision to delay his arrival at New York City FC until July.

The club won their first official match on Tuesday when they beat St Mirren 2-0 in a friendly in Manchester.

Villa, one of the two biggest signings the newest MLS franchise has made, starred in a 45-minute cameo, scoring the opening goal and pulling several tricks out of the bag to wow the 2,000-strong crowd which had gathered at Manchester City's Academy Stadium.

"It would have been great if he was here now, but obviously for the football club the best thing is for him to stay in Manchester," Villa said.

"We are only going to be focused to work hard so that when he joins in July, we can be a team that is really good and he can only improve us."

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Chelsea and Mourinho would 'love' for Lampard to rejoin club

Jose Mourinho and Chelsea would "love" Frank Lampard to work for Chelsea again in some capacity as he prepares to play for Man City at Stamford Bridge today.

How will Lampard fare at his old club today? Credit: PA

The Blues legend left Chelsea after 13 trophy laden years last summer only to surprise everyone by joining Premier League rivals Man City on loan.

Speaking to Soccer AM, Lampard admits he would also love to rejoin the club one day.

Jose Mourinho and the club from the top have said they’ll love for me to be involved, whenever I want to go back. Chelsea is like going back home and it feels such a big part of me. When you are part of Chelsea, I’ve seen it with people like ‘Chopper’ Harris and Peter Bonetti, they’re still there to this day. It’s a club that really looks after its players.

If the opportunity was there to go back, I would love to, as I had such a long career there. It’s a part of me – and that never changes.

– Frank Lampard speaking to Soccer AM
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