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Mourinho Frank about Lampard's quality

New Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has dropped a massive hint that he will make a move to bring England midfielder Frank Lampard to the Bernabeu.

Lampard, who played under Mourinho at Chelsea, was the only player not currently playing in Spain named by the Madrid chief as he shed light on areas in the team he believes need strengthening as he begins his new project.

Madrid's midfield has been considered by the club's fans throughout the season as their biggest weakness and Lampard was linked with the club even before Mourinho’s appointment.

“The midfield line is very important,” Mourinho said.

“You have less players box to box. You have more number 10s and defensive midfielders, but it's very difficult to find a player in midfield right now that is complete.”

As to who the best midfielder in the world is, Mourinho said: “It's difficult to choose who the best is because they play in different football cultures.

“You can't say that Lampard will score 30 goals in Serie A or in the Primera Division, but in England he averages 28 goals per season, which is incredible.

“You cannot say either that (Barcelona pair) Xavi or Andres Iniesta will perform the same in the Premier League or Serie A.”

One midfielder who looks to be on his way out of Real is Guti.

“I like Guti because he has talent,” said Mourinho. “But if a player said a month ago he had played his last game for Real, he cannot come a month later and say that he wants to stay.”

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