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Roman Abramovich’s ‘natural’ change explains lack of loyalty to Frank Lampard at Chelsea

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea sacking may not have come as a surprise after the former Blues legend admitted his distant relationship with owner Roman Abramovich.

Lampard has been relieved of his duties at Stamford Bridge after just 18 months in the dugout following a poor league campaign.

However, the writing may have been on the wall for Chelsea’s record goalscorer the moment he arrived at the club after he revealed the private owner barely communicated with him, even as he was appointed.

Upon his return, Lampard believes he noticed a change in Abramovich’s approach compared to when he was previously at the club as a player.

“In terms of his level of involvement, he was very visible at the training ground in the early years and occasionally after games and now obviously that’s changed,” Lampard told The Athletic in November. “That’s maybe natural in how his life has moved as well as the club, and we know there are different reasons behind that.

Frank Lampard lasted just 18 moths at Stamford Bridge (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

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“When I came back to the club, no; it was Marina (Granovskaia, the director), who contacted Derby and then myself to make that happen.

“I saw Roman on pre-season last year and it was big smiles and not cuddles but welcomes and handshakes.

“From then, I haven’t had a close, close relationship with him, albeit I report back my thoughts on games, on where I see us and where I see us moving forward consistently through Marina and I’m very happy with that.

“I would say the relationship is close without being practically close day-to-day or week-to-week. I feel the support from afar, but it’s very straight, very cut-and-dried and that’s how I try to give it back.”

Roman Abramovich has seen Chelsea win five Premier League titles
(Image: Getty)

Lampard joined Chelsea as a player in 2001 and spent 13…

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