Andre Villas-Boas dismisses talk

Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas has once more stated that Frank Lampard is an important player for the club, despite the fact that it appears the midfielder is no longer assured a place in the starting XI.

The Portuguese coach has not automatically selected the England international, who has spent the last two games on the bench for the Stamford Bridge outfit.

This has led to speculation over the veteran’s future, but when quizzed about this again, Villas Boas restated his desire to have Lampard at the club.

“I think I’ve answered that question enough,” he stated in a press conference.

“Frank is an established player, a top-quality player, he’s one of the most important players for the club and will continue to be.

“He’s an established player for Chelsea, for England, has nothing to prove to the football world.

“He’s a spectacular team player, a spectacular professional, and he will continue to succeed at this club I think – and I hope – for the remainder of my years at this club,” he concluded.

Chelsea take on Valencia at the Mestalla on Wednesday night, in what will be a tricky fixture for The Blues.
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