Controversially, hugely-popular Lamps, 34, has been told to find a new club.
But the Special One said: “Frank Lampard will always be one of the most important players in Chelsea’s history.
“I don’t know how this story is going to end, what I do know is I want Frank and Chelsea to finish well.”
Mourinho, too, is adamant Lampard can go on playing at the top for years. He told The Sun: “I don’t believe in age — at Inter nobody runs more than Javier Zanetti and he’s 39!
“I’ve had players in their 20s who were tired. You should measure players by performance not age.”