Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas denies rift with midfielder Frank Lampard
Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas has denied a rift with midfielder Frank Lampard by joking that the pair were “not married to each other.”
Lampard last week admitted for the first time his relationship with Villas-Boas had “not been ideal”, but Villas-Boas reiterated it was “good, excellent”.
The Chelsea manager claimed that did not mean he and Lampard needed to hold clear-the-air talks on the matter, insisting they were still on speaking terms, and said: “It’s just a manager-player relationship in the end.”
He added: “Frank’s words are genuine. They are genuine from a player that has a reflection of a relationship between us. For me, it’s fine, I have no problems with it.”
Star midfielder Lampard has been unhappy with the number of games he has missed this season but Villas-Boas said: “I have to choose the team and I try to choose the best team for every single game.
“It hasn’t involved Frank a couple of times but it doesn’t mean I have a personal problem with him.