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Lampard admits aspirations to manage Chelsea

The current Blues midfielder has outlined his hopes of one day going into management, even stating that he'd prefer to have the current Champions League winners as his first club

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has revealed his desire to one day manage the club.

The 34-year-old is in the last year of his contract at Stamford Bridge, and hopes to pen new terms to take him to the end of his playing days before starting on his coaching badges.

However, Lampard does not want to have to prove himself elsewhere at a “lower club”, instead to be given the chance to test himself at Stamford Bridge.

“I know it might sound a bit big-headed or selfish but I wouldn’t want to go through ‘showing myself’ with a lower club,” he told The Sun.

“Although I would never expect to walk into a position such as the Chelsea manager, this is the only club I’d want to manage.”

Lampard, however, remained realistic, understanding that by becoming Chelsea boss he could damage his reputation at the club if results did not go his way.

He added: “I’d love to have a crack at it but I’d want to do it well.

“I wouldn’t want the supporters to forget everything I’ve tried to do as a player because I can’t manage the team.”

After playing for eight different managers during his 11-year spell in west London, the former West Ham midfielder told the Chelsea fanzine how he had learned a lot from their different approaches.

“Without a doubt I’ve picked up some good things as well as some things that I’d do differently. The main thing I’ve learned is how to treat people properly,” he explained.

“It’s important to respect the players and by doing so, hopefully, you’ll earn their respect back.

He added, “We saw that with Jose Mourinho. I saw him being strong with players and having arguments but the vast majority who played or worked for him had a massive amount of respect for him."

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