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Lampard gives Chelsea Asian boost

SoccerNews in English Premier League 21 Jul 2008

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Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on Monday expressed relief that Frank Lampard had joined their Asian tour as speculation swirls over his future.

Scolari, who will take charge of Chelsea for the first time this week in a game against Guangzhou Pharmaceutical, appeared hopeful about retaining Lampard despite persistent offers from Inter Milan.

The Brazilian said he had discussed tactics but not contracts with the 30-year-old midfielder, who is being courted by Inter's ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

“He is training every day in the morning and afternoon very well. The most important thing is that he is here with us,” Scolari said.

“I have spoken to him every day, talking about Chelsea, about what's the best way for Chelsea to play and when training with the other players what's the best position for him.

“I have spoken about how to win games with Chelsea and no more.”

Captain John Terry also made a fresh appeal for Lampard to stay at Stamford Bridge as the team enters a new era under Scolari.

“I'm very good friends with Frank and we have spoken about it, but the situation is ongoing with the club and Frank,” Terry said.

“The players and Frank all want him to stay, but it's down to Frank and the club to sort it out. We are here to focus on the football, but hopefully while he's here the club can sort it out.”

Players and fans have united in their appeals to the popular vice captain, who has been with Chelsea since 2001. The club finished runners-up in both the Champions League and the Premiership last season.

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