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Jose Mourinho Photo: AP/Alberto Di Lolli

Jose Mourinho Photo: AP/Alberto Di Lolli

Jose Mourinho Photo: AP/Alberto Di Lolli

Frank Lampard believes Jose Mourinho's Chelsea return would be a "great thing for the club".

The Portuguese enjoyed a highly successful three years at the Stamford Bridge helm before making a shock exit in September 2007.

Now, less than six years on, it seems as if Mourinho will be returning to west London, with a summer move from Real Madrid heavily mooted.

Lampard was an integral member of the side that enjoyed so much success under Mourinho and would welcome the 'Special One's' return.

"I think it would be a great thing for the club," he said. "He is a successful manager and he would be a great thing for any club.

"It's hard to comment with the season still ongoing and with the manager not here or chosen yet. It would be easy to speculate.

"I have seen speculation before and a completely different manager walks through the door, so you never know on that front.

"But he is certainly one of the greatest if not the greatest manager in world football."

Whether Lampard is there to welcome Mourinho back as a player or interested observer is not yet clear.

The 34-year-old's contract expires this summer and no new deal has yet been agreed, although reports suggest Mourinho's return would see him offered an extension.

"I've always said that I wanted to spend all of my career here, so I think everyone knows that," Lampard said.

"I honestly don't know (whether Mourinho's return would help my cause).

"We have got two weeks that will decide whether our season has been a successful one or not. That is the main focus.

"Of course Jose Mourinho would be a great manager for any club to have, but I don't think it is right to talk about him while he is still Real Madrid manager."

Mourinho is overriding favourite with the bookmakers to replace interim manager Rafael Benitez – he was also linked with Manchester United before David Moyes was named as Alex Ferguson's successor.

Lampard was quick to praise the Scot and the impact he made while in the Old Trafford hot seat. "I have got nothing but admiration for him," he said. "I think he was, for the period of time he did it, the greatest.

"A lot of managers, the Jose Mourinhos of this world, are making a play for that and they have to do it as long as Fergie has.

"He has been incredible as a man that has run the club, his desire to get the best out of players, to keep evolving the team – what he has done is a complete one- off."


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