Chelsea: Jose Mourinho Is Key to Frank Lampard's Future at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea: Jose Mourinho Is Key to Frank Lampard's Future at Stamford Bridge
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Are Chelsea supporters about to receive a double delight ahead of the next Premier League season?

Jose Mourinho appeared to indicate a return to Stamford Bridge in interviews after Real Madrid were knocked out of the Champions League by Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

The former Chelsea boss has been linked strongly with the role when interim manager Rafael Benitez stands down in the summer.

The Portuguese coach was interrupted by ITV as he seemed destined to reveal his next move, but he was at least given enough air time to announce that he wanted "to be where people love me to be."

Mourinho was allowed greater elaboration in the general post-match press conference, though, and informed the attendant media corps that "I know in England I am loved. I know I am loved by some clubs, especially one." (BBC Sport)

Especially one for the Special One? There's only one place that can relate to, surely?

It is arguable that Mourinho was being smart in his post-match comments, deflecting Real's third consecutive Champions League semifinal defeat under him in favour of another hook for journalists. 

But his words and potential arrival have put the future of Frank Lampard back under the spotlight with The Independent reporting that the midfielder is set to be offered a new deal at the club.

Like Mourinho, Lampard is a genuine Stamford Bridge hero. He is on the verge of eclipsing Bobby Tambling's long-standing goal scoring record for Chelsea and made his 400th Premier League appearance for the Blues in the win over Swansea on Sunday.

The England international had been linked with a move away from Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of this season (The Guardian).

Manchester United (Daily Telegraph) and the MLS in the United States (Fox Sports) have been put forward as possible destinations for the 34-year-old.

But keeping Lampard at Stamford Bridge would be an ideal solution for all concerned if Mourinho were to rejoin the club.

Lampard was regarded as one of the protagonists in the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas (Daily Mail), while Luiz Felipe Scolari claimed player power was rife at the following his departure in 2009 (The Guardian).

However, if one man can unite Chelsea and the star names of the dressing room, it is Mourinho.

The Real Madrid coach is a known admirer of Lampard after trying to take him to Inter Milan in 2008 (Daily Mail).

Earlier this month, The Mirror reported that Lampard remaining at Stamford Bridge would be part of the deal which would see Mourinho return to the club he guided to successive Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006.

The prospect of Mourinho returning to Chelsea has left Blues fans salivating, but the idea of Lampard also staying would be a major PR coup for Roman Abramovich.

After installing the unpopular Benitez to replace Roberto Di Matteo in November, the Russian proved pleasing everyone was not part of his make-up.

But the idea of Mourinho and Lampard being at the Bridge next season is sure to boost Abramovich's certain popularity in parts of West London, whether he likes it or not.

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