Lampard looks to positives from Chelsea transfer ban

Frank Lampard believes Chelsea's transfer ban could act as an incentive for the Blues squad to pull together in adversity.

Frank Lampard believes Chelsea's transfer ban could act as an incentive for the Blues squad to pull together in adversity.

The Blues have been banned from signing new players until January 2011 after being found guilty by FIFA of illegally inducing Gael Kakuta to sign.

"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."

Lampard continued: "It's a general question that certainly shouldn't just involve Chelsea and we all want to see good young English kids coming through.

"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."

 
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