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Chelsea boss Lampard talks Barkley future, off-field incidents & bags of chips

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists there's no plans to lose Ross Barkley this month.

West Ham have made an attempt to take the midfielder on-loan this week.

But Lampard says he's counting on Barkley, despite recent off the field incidents.

He said, "I read what Ross said and the first side of it is you should always look at yourself, and I would say that about myself when I got it wrong,.

"Look at yourself and don't mention anything else because society and members of the public you can't control. The second side of it I agree with him, there are too many smartphones but that is the second part of the argument because we are all so aware that there are a lot of smartphones. It means you have to change your way of living and how much you trust the people you are around.

"That is the way the world has gone so you still come back to yourself and make sure firstly that you act professionally and secondly, be aware of those things because you can't control the fact the world has changed."

Lampard explains that it was not the fact chips were involved in one of the incidents that was an issue for him but the fact there was training the next day.

"I am not one to tell my lads don't have a bag of chips, don't have a few beers after you win a game but make sure when you look at the big scheme you do it with the idea that you have to train and perform at a level.

"As the game has moved forward, and the speed and intensity of it is even more so than my day, the players have to be tip-top or this game will find you out. That is not something just for Ross, that is something for all the players about how they live their lives.

"We had a couple of in-house chats around those things and as I said at the time [of the stories], I really like Ross and also in my career I had moments when I did things that I slightly regretted. It is what you do to get out of them on the other side that is really important and Ross's reaction in the last month has been spot on.

"Ross is a driven boy. He got into the first team at Everton at a young age, he got into the international team at a relatively young age, so people maybe gauge him slightly differently.

"If you have little knocks or moments in your career then it is important you show character and he is certainly showing that in terms of how he is around the place. I always believe how you train relates to how you play and in the last two games he has played he has shown that."

Yesterday Lampard downplayed stories suggesting Barkley could go out on loan this month and he follows that up by making it clear he wants to be on the training pitch with the 26-year-old.

"There is a lot of talent in Ross and as a coach, I want to maximise that for the best for us and for him."

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