The Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has said that he is not worried about any bad effects coming from the UEFA ban on Chelsea’s transfer dealings for the next 12 months.
“A lot of things have happened to me in my career with England and Chelsea and whenever it’s backs to the wall, for whatever reason that might be, it brings a togetherness and can be used as a positive,” Lampard said.
“You certainly can’t let it be used as a negative. It’s something that is out of the players’ control anyway, so all we can do now is make it a positive.”
He also was asked about the difficulty of young English players to come through the ranks into the Premier League, which has especially been lacking at Chelsea. John Terry was the last Chelsea first-team player to come out of their academy.
“It’s a general question that certainly shouldn’t just involve Chelsea and we all want to see good young English kids coming through,” Lampard said.
“In the modern day, the academies go out and look for players from abroad – and that’s the right thing to do as it is all to the benefit of the club. But there’s lots of English kids at Chelsea and it’s great to see.
“Fans obviously prefer a local boy to come through because they can relate to them. It’s changed a bit since my day, but we should always look for the best English players to develop.
“I relate to English boys and will always try and help them, but it’s not easy at Chelsea. I played in the first team [for West Ham] at 17, 18, but there was nowhere near the quality there is at Chelsea.
“So it’s not easy for the young lads – they have to keep their heads down for a longer period of time and be even more determined and work even harder to get where they want to be.”
Hopefully the new rules coming in will make it a little easier for English lads, but at the moment…………