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Villas-Boas sees no problems with Chelsea midfielder Lampard

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is now claiming there are no issues between himself and experienced England international Frank Lampard despite admitting last week their relationship could be better. "It's just a manager-player relationship in the end," Villas-Boas said.

"Frank's words are genuine.

"They are genuine from a player that has a reflection of a relationship between us.

"For me, it's fine, I have no problems with it."

Lampard has reportedly been unhappy with the number of games he has missed this season but Villas-Boas said: "I have to choose the team and I try to choose the best team for every single game.

"It hasn't involved Frank a couple of times but it doesn't mean I have a personal problem with him.

"His own interpretation of the relationship is his own but I have no problem with it and I explained it to him.

"They are decisions I have to take for the benefit of the team, always."

Chelsea fans repeatedly sang Lampard's name during the last home game, but the Portuguese tactician is unconcerned.

"No, not at all. I think the fans take the team's side.

"We were winning 3-0 - everybody's happy, no?"

He added of Lampard, who broke another two Chelsea goalscoring records on Saturday: "He's a legend of the football club. If they chant his name during the whole game, it's because he represents exactly that.

"He achieved two great individual records in that game and I think he fully deserves it.

"I hope one day to have the curriculum that Frank has at this football club, which is amazing in terms of trophies.

"If that is the case, that means that I will be a successful manager and my shadow will be lurking over other managers of this football club."

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