Chelsea’s Lampard: Transfer ban will make us stronger

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes the transfer ban placed on his club will only make them stronger.

The Blues are unable to make any signings for the next 16 months after they were found guilty of illegally signing French youngster Gael Kakuta from Lens.

But Lampard says the controversy will make the club fight harder for success.

"A lot of things have happened to me in my career with England and Chelsea and, whenever it's backs to the wall and for whatever reason that might be, it brings a togetherness and can be used as a positive," he 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."

The England international also said it would be good for the development of the clubs academy players.

"The young lads have to keep their heads down for a longer period of time and be even more determined to work hard to get where they want to be,” he added.

“Modern-day academies go out and look for players from abroad and that's the right thing to do as it is to the benefit of the club. When young players come through fans obviously prefer a local boy because they can relate to them. But they are not too bothered where they come from as long as they play well."

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