Defender Thiago Silva has paid tribute to Frank Lampard following his sacking as Chelsea head coach on Monday morning.
Despite progressing to the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday with a 3-1 success over Championship side Luton Town, Roman Abramovich, the Chelsea owner, and the board, have moved to relieve Lampard of his duties, less than two years after taking over at Stamford Bridge.
Although the dust has barely had time to settle on the club legend’s departure, former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-German chief Thomas Tuchel is waiting in the wings to succeed Lampard in west London.
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The club are working hard to get a deal agreed with the German, with the hope that he can be in charge in time for Wednesday evening’s must-win Premier League clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge.
With Lampard having not taken training at Cobham on Monday, Brazilian defender Silva, who played no part in the win over Luton, has thanked Lampard for all his hard work during their time working together since the former AC Milan and PSG centre-back arrived at Stamford Bridge back in the summer.
Writing on his Instagram page, Silva said: “I would like to thank you for everything you and your committee have done for me since the day I arrived. As I told you, it seemed like we had been working together for ten years.
“Thank you very much for everything, legend. @franklampard #legend.”
Lampard, of course, was the man responsible for bringing Silva to Stamford Bridge during last summer’s memorable transfer window.
The former Chelsea boss was eager to add experience to his backline after a disappointing 2019/20 campaign in a defensive sense.
So far this season, Silva, who is yet to sign a deal beyond the end of this season, has made 18 appearances for the Blues, scoring two Premier League goals.