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Lampard urges fans to drop his chant as Blues look on song

Reading 3 Chelsea 4

Out of tune: Frank Lampard
Out of tune: Frank Lampard

By Mark Baxter

Frank Lampard declared himself pleased with Chelsea's pre-season preparations after yesterday's entertaining victory over Reading - but pleaded with the club's supporters to ditch an offensive song chanted in his honour.

After falling behind to Josh Barrett's opener, the Blues responded through Ross Barkley and Kenedy to lead at half-time, only for Reading to level when Michael Morrison pounced four minutes after the turnaround.

Mason Mount's double made it 4-2 ahead of the Royals reducing the deficit courtesy of Sam Baldock, leaving Lampard - who made use of 22 players at the Madejski Stadium - to reflect: "I wouldn't say I've made decisions yet in terms of selection for those early games or what the squad looks like because that's a line and I don't want to draw that line just yet," he claimed.

"There's not a player who hasn't pushed themselves and shown me everything but these are decisions I have to make. They're not absolutely clear decisions but I'll make them in due course."

Despite having plenty of positives to accentuate, Lampard was concerned to hear of a chant in support of him but which referred to West Ham United as 'pikeys'.

The former England midfielder - who played for the Hammers between 1995-2001 - said: "I didn't hear the song today but I'm aware of it.

"If there's a song that has offensive words in it then of course I don't want to hear that and that's me saying that as a big Chelsea man who really appreciates the support I've had over the years.

"We don't want songs with offensive words so if the fans can sing other songs while still backing the team, which is more important than myself, then I'll certainly back that.

"We're all aware the club are very strong with the work we do off the pitch in terms of anything that's offensive or prejudice. We've made a big mark in recent years so we don't want that."

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