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Mourinho: Lampard will be future Chelsea manager

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has again talked up the prospect of Frank Lampard managing the club in the future. Mourinho said he can see the England midfielder returning to Stamford Bridge "very, very soon", after Lampard and the club parted ways at the end of the Premier League season.

"I do not think he is leaving," Mourinho told ITV during a United Nations ambassadorial visit to Ivory Coast. "I think he is just going for a ride somewhere and then he is coming back very, very soon because that's what the owner wants, that's what he [Lampard] wants - what everybody wants."

When asked if Lampard might manage Chelsea, the 51-year-old said: "Whatever he wants, whenever he wants. I repeat Mr Abramovich's words - I will have him doing anything.

"The door is open for such a big guy in our club."

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