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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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