Jose Mourinho To Frank Lampard: Don’t Go To MLS

Jose Mourinho To Frank Lampard: Don’t Go To MLS

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 16, 2013
  • Frank Lampard, Jose Mourinho

So about that Frank Lampard move to Major League Soccer.

Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho revealed to Sky Sports that he talked Lampard into staying at Chelsea last season when a switch to the Los Angeles Galaxy seemed imminent.

“At that time (last season) I was not in contact with the club,” said Mourinho. “I was only in contact with him as a friend because we kept contact all over these years.

“I was telling him, the way I know you — don’t go to American soccer. You are a player who needs to compete every week at the highest level, you are a player that needs to be in real competition. If you go to the States, it’s a fantastic country, football is coming up and you would be very important there. But if you go there you will not enjoy your life, and you have years to enjoy your life as a player.”

Lampard was linked with a move to the MLS champion for most of last season after Chelsea seemed unlikely to offer the 35-year-old a contract. However, the England midfielder made it clear that he wanted to stay and a one-year contract extension finally arrived in May.