Having seen his team concede an equaliser against Manchester City on Sunday in the Premier League, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that the love affair between his club and Frank Lampard is now over, as reported by the Daily Star.
Lampard faced off against Chelsea for the first time since 2001, having played for the Blues for over ten years. His spell at the Stamford Bridge club has encompassed a great amount of success, and has included the time since Roman Abramovich bought the club, who has brought with him significant investment.
However, Mourinho has now suggested that the love story between the club and player is now over, with Lampard having moved to a direct rival of Chelsea’s by joining City.
He said: “Frank Lampard is a Man City player, I don’t believe in stories of passion and heart, maybe I am too pragmatic in football.
“He got a good reception and this is England and this is Chelsea. Chelsea people never forget what Chelsea people do at the club.
“It happened to me when I was manager of Inter. It is Chelsea’s culture and beauty.”
His move to City comes as a result of him signing for New York City FC this summer, who are Man City’s sister club. With New York not playing any fixtures until next calendar year, Lampard has moved back to the Premier League to join a rival of Chelsea’s.