Lampard is one of the greatest to wear Chelsea's shirt, says Forssell

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The former Blues forward has called for the club to find a role for their ex-midfielder after he retired from playing football last month


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Mikael Forssell has saluted his former team-mate Frank Lampard as one of the 'most influential players' to pull on a Chelsea shirt.

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Lampard called time on his illustrious career in football at the beginning of February and leaves the game having played 649 times for Chelsea - as well as being their all-time leading scorer with 211 goals.

He won every major honour during his 13-year spell at Chelsea after moving from West Ham, and his retirement came after spells at Manchester City and New York City FC. 

Chelsea plan a half-time tribute to Lampard during their match against Swansea City on Saturday and Forssell has offered his own appreciation of the former England midfielder.

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"(John) Terry and Frank Lampard, for me, are the most influential players to ever play for Chelsea," Forssell, who won Chelsea's first Premier League title in 50 years alongside the pair, told Goal. "[He has been] Unbelievable! He was a complete midfielder who was always working hard, setting up and scoring goals.

"There are not many players around like him anymore or ever have been [like him]. I wish him all the best for his time after football and I sent him a message [after he retired]. I hope he gets to enjoy life after football to its fullest now."

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Lampard has not yet revealed what he plans to do after football but he has offers from the Football Association to get into coaching, with Chelsea happy to help him during his first steps into a new career. 

Forssell and Lampard both joined Chelsea before Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003 and spent four years playing together. Forssell is making his first steps into coaching, a path that ex-Chelsea players like Carlo Cudicini, Paulo Ferreira and Jody Morris have already gone down, and he thinks Lampard would be a success in football management. 

"Of course [he could be a great coach]," he added. "He is analytical, a fighter and has the mentality to succeed. When you have these elements generally as a person then I believe you're already on a good path. And also being an all-round midfielder he has a good understanding of the game."

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