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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."


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


Lampard to visit 9/11 memorial after controversy

Frank Lampard has said he will visit the memorial to 9/11 victims after his move to New York City FC was met with hostility from local press over allegations he "mocked" American tourists in the wake of the terror attacks.

Admitting he was "young and naive" at the time of the incident, the former Chelsea midfielder told ITV News that he would visit the memorial to pay his respects.

'Young and naive' Lampard sorry for post-9/11 abuse

Frank Lampard told ITV News he regrets drunkenly abusing Americans in the wake of the September 11 attacks, admitting he "was young and naive".

New York City FC's Frank Lampard. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

The midfielder, who has joined New York City FC, said: "I was young and naive...and now have some regrets about what I did.

"I categorically didn't set out to insult anyone and have badly tried for 13 years at Chelsea to be a good man on and off the pitch and I want everyone to see that I have improved.

"The most important thing to say is, I did not set out to hurt anyone. I was misrepresented by the British newspapers at the time.

"I will go to the 911 memorial to pay my respects and to show New Yorkers who I am and to apologise."

Lampard apology for his post-9/11 abuse of Americans

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has tweeted:

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