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Saturday 28 May 2016

Alan Green: Lampard's Chelsea future has nothing to do with Rafa

Published 02/01/2013

Those Chelsea fans seeing the club’s treatment of Frank Lampard — outstanding again with two goals against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday — as another stick with which to beat Rafa Benitez should think again.

It has nothing to do with the ‘interim manager’, no more than the minimal influence the Spaniard will wield when the January transfer window opens today.

Whatever Lampard (pictured right) or, for that matter, Ashley Cole or John Terry wants, Roman Abramovich himself is carrying out the policy he wanted Andre Villas-Boas to impose (remember him?) — dispose of the old guard.

The Russian couldn’t care less what Chelsea fans think.

So, in the same way they continue to mark 16 minutes into every game with applause and the chanting of Di Matteo’s name, hypocritically they choose to ignore who the real target should be: the owner.

But you wouldn’t want to bite the hand that feeds your club now, would you?

Lampard hurts — who wouldn’t after the devotion he’s shown Stamford Bridge down through the years.

But I would advise him to do what Chelsea fans should do about Di Matteo ... move on.

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