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Lamps: Mou Great For Chelsea

Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard may not be there to experience the benefits, but he says the Blues would relish the return of Jose Mourinho.

The Special One appears likely to replace Rafa Benitez next season for a second stint at Stamford Bridge, and Lampard- who was one of his most trusted generals the first time around- thinks it would be a great appointment  for the Europa League finalists.

"I think it would be a great thing for the club. I think he is a fantastic manager," Lampard told the British football media.

"I've seen speculation before and a completely different manager walks through the door so we never know on that front. But he is certainly one of the greatest managers, if not the greatest, in world football."

Lampard’s own future at the Bridge remains unclear. He has been linked to an exit for most of the season. But asked if he would like to stay to play under Mourinho again, the 34-year-old midfielder was unequivocal.

"Yes I would but let's see what happens,” he said.

"I've always said I want to spend the rest of my career here. I think everyone knows that."

Meanwhile, the likelihood that Chelsea no longer see Lamps as a part of the furniture will probably gain traction after the Europa League final in Amsterdam.

Benitez has conceded that neither Lamps nor his fellow veteran, John Terry, are likely to play against Benfica.

“I haven't decided yet [on Terry]. What I can say is that Lampard will play against Aston Villa [in the Premier League on Saturday],” Benitez said.

“I cannot say anything about the [Europa] final.

“We have to play another game and, after, we will decide the team for the final. That's it. The only player I can guarantee will be picked is Lampard against Villa. After, we will see about the final."


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