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Frank Lampard reveals the debt he owes Roman Abramovich following £200m transfer spend

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will see the Blues take to the pitch for the 1000th time under his ownership on Sunday afternoon.

In a fairytale-esque coincidence, the anniversary falls on the day that the Blues host arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge, a meeting between Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer and Jose Mourinho, the club’s most decorated manager.  

Lampard was a player for the Blues when Abramovich first purchased the club in 2003 and was a big part of the first years of success that Chelsea gained in the opening years of his tenure.

The ex-midfielder now manager was proud to be a part of that squad, and is also proud to be their manager during a year overshadowed by coronavirus-based uncertainties in which Abramovich has continued to invest in the club.

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“I was certainly proud of that and I think it is sometimes better with hindsight and time to look back at a period,” Lampard explained.

“I remember the early days of the Roman Abramovich era and it put many fans’ backs up that a new owner came in and spent the money and we became successful pretty quickly but I think as time has settled by, I think you can see how we have sustained success over a period of time.

“Some of the recent action during Covid times show big heart from big heart and a real empathy from the owner and it always comes from him but also from the club. I have been proud to have been associated with the club through thick and thin in those periods.”

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