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Chelsea boss Lampard insists no Bielsa grudge over Leeds spygate

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists there's no grudge against Marcelo Bielsa ahead of their clash with Leeds United.

Bielsa was fined after scouting Lampard's training sessions when in charge of Derby County last year.

Lampard said today: "It's in the past. I'm not going to dwell on it. It was a great news story but it's gone. It was a proud moment for me to go against them and win [in play-offs] but it's long gone now and I don't want to dwell on it."

Asked if he believes Bielsa has 'learned' from the episode, despite it being common practice in other football nations, Lampard replied: "Not concerned if he's learnt a lesson or not. I'm not hanging on it around the game. I respect him, I respect Leeds.

"I'm aware of the rivalry from being a player for so long and I know how fans feel about it. It's two huge clubs with a history but hard for me to equate that to Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and others who don't know that history. But I know it will be competitive because that's how Leeds approach games."

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