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Mourinho: I Told Lampard Not to Join MLS
Sky Sports, July 16th, 2013 3:23PM

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Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho revealed that he talked Frank Lampard into staying at Chelsea last season when a switch to the Los Angeles Galaxy seemed imminent. Lampard was linked with a move to the MLS champion for most of last season after Chelsea seemed unlikely to offer the 35-year-old a contract. However, the England midfielder made it clear that he wanted to stay and a one-year contract extension finally arrived in May.

Mourinho claims that his advice kept him from moving to the American league. "At that time (last season) I was not in contact with the club," he told Sky Sport News. "I was only in contact with him as a friend because we kept contact all over these years.

“I was telling him, the way I know you -- don't go to American soccer. You are a player who needs to compete every week at the highest level, you are a player that needs to be in real competition. If you go to the States, it's a fantastic country, football is coming up and you would be very important there. But if you go there you will not enjoy your life, and you have years to enjoy your life as a player.”

He added: “So my opinion was not to go but try and stay at Chelsea -- if Chelsea doesn't want you then try and stay in the Premier League because you belong to high level competition. He was telling me in the Premier League he doesn't want to play in any other club."

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