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Frank Lampard left Chelsea board infuriated with ‘constant demand for £80m transfer’

Frank Lampard is said to have caused a feud at Chelsea with his demand for one particular transfer.

The Premier League and Champions League winning midfielder was dismissed from his role as head coach after 18 months of his initial three-year contract following alleged disputes behind the scenes.

As well as players such as Kepa Arrizabalaga growing concerned over the lack of obvious tactics, it has been said that Lampard’s desire to sign Declan Rice proved a huge problem.

While the club were keen to spend big last summer, totalling over £200m, they were very wary of how re-signing one of their former academy players for huge expense would come across.

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The Athletic have reported that while the club have insisted that they always consult their head coach before making any signings, they don’t agree to all requests.

Lampard’s desire to sign Rice from West Ham, which is likely to have cost in the region of £80m, is also said to have put pressure on his job as early as last year.

Despite the interest from the former Derby boss, the fact that both the hierarchy at Chelsea and management as West Ham were not keen made the deal impossible at the time.

Declan Rice was linked with a move back to Chelsea having left as a teenager
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Moyes said when asked about the future of Rice following Lampard’s departure: “No matter who was the manager at Chelsea, or whoever came in, it would have been the same answer.

“I said it right at the start and I’m only repeating myself – Bank of England money would be required, and you might even need to add Bank of Scotland on to that as well because he has been so good.”

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