Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he tried to sign Lampard in 2008 during his first season at Inter Milan before the midfielder signed a contract extension.
– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
It was between the club and him before I arrived.
I tried to take Lampard to Inter. I was trying but at the same time I was saying you belong to Chelsea.
I was not just pulling straight away. I was 'if you want to come, I want you'.
In the end he did what he wanted to do and what I wanted him to do, which was sign a new contract with Chelsea."