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Chelsea boss Hiddink: Lampard something special

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has hailed Frank Lampard as one of the top midfielders in the world after he collected the Chelsea Player of the Year award for a record third time.

"He is even better than I thought. If you see him doing things in training you see the details which he can transmit in the games," said Hiddink.

"My respect has grown and I rate him rather highly. I cannot say one or five, but I think he is one of the top players in the world.

"Frank is a terrific example of what we expect from a professional player in his attitude and commitment. He is one of those players where sometimes you have to say 'Please, a little bit down, don't go over the top'.

"I like that very much. Sometimes you have to protect them a little bit because they are over-committed."

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