Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux has praised Frank Lampard as Chelsea’s best ever player in an exclusive interview with FootballFanCast.
Le Saux is now a club ambassador at Stamford Bridge and so works closely with everyone at the behind the scenes and his opinion on the Blues and England midfielder could not be higher.
The former England left back played with Lampard in his time in West London and admitted he had doubts about him before he arrived in 2001.
“In terms of hitting a consistent level and along with his phenomenal goalscoring record, I would say he could be Chelsea’s best ever,” Le Saux said.
“I was at the club when he arrived from West Ham and it was a pretty huge fee at the time.
“Before the move he hadn’t really proved himself at that stage, but a lot of things struck me from day one and you could see he would go on to be a great.
“His determination, work rate, fitness were all superb and he always tried to work on his weaker areas after training that has reaped it’s rewards now.
“Because Frank was so good for so long I think people just took it for granted.”
It appears that Lampard has been told that he will be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer when his current contract expires.
The 34-year-old has expressed his desire to stay at his beloved Chelsea but the hierarchy and owner seem adamant that he is to leave.
Former Blues star Le Saux has claimed that the deal may not be dead although neither party should be blamed if a new contract cannot be organised.
“The professional part of the game is business and I think both Frank’s party and the club will have had discussions about it,” he said.
“It is just whether they can come to an agreement for him to stay or for him to leave.
“Having been through a similar thing on a smaller scale when I was coming to the end of my career, you have to look at your own personal life not just your footballing life.
“Frank has big decisions to make on many different levels and equally the club have to be consistent with their approach.
“Frank has been an unbelievable servant to the club, both on and off the pitch, and if an agreement can’t be made then I don’t think either party can be blamed.
“He is an iconic player at the club and I don’t doubt he will make a decision with he and his family in mind.”
2013 UEFA Women’s Champions League final ambassador Faye White joined Chelsea FC ambassador Graeme Le Saux at Stamford Bridge this week to launch the tickets going on sale.
Tickets for the 2013 UEFA Women’s Champions League final, to be played on Thursday 23 May at Stamford Bridge, for more information please visit www.chelseafc.com/uefawomensfinal.