Chelsea Transfer News: Frank Lampard Statement Will Encourage Wayne Rooney Move

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 18, 2013

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Wayne Rooney and  Frank Lampard of England in action during a training session at St Georges Park on February 4, 2013 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Coming out in the media this weekend, Frank Lampard moved to support Wayne Rooney’s potential move to Stamford Bridge this summer, according to Sky News (h/t Independent’s Jack de Menezes).

Rooney has been constantly linked with a West London switch this summer, with Jose Mourinho coming out on several occasions to disclose his admiration of the utility forward.

Even property website Zoopla has weighed in on the action, as B/R UK pointed out on Twitter earlier this weekend:

However, the words of a manager can only do so much in the case of speculation such as this, with the reputation of a club superstar such as Lampard bearing a completely different impact altogether.

The Blues’ midfielder remained ambiguous on the matter, but stated:

I didn't speak to Wayne about it when I was with England last week. He was training and he was focused. I'm not privy to transfer stuff. That's for clubs to decide. I'm a player. I just keep my mouth shut, and train and play.

We're going into the season strong, but if the manager wants to add another player we all hope he gets his man.

With one of the deepest squads in the Premier League, Chelsea already entered this season as bookies’ favourites for the title, but having Rooney as an option would only move to strengthen those odds.

Over the last eight years or so, Lampard and Rooney will have grown increasingly familiar with one another on the international stage and are undoubtedly one of the more fluid partnerships in the England squad.

Therein lies one of the more amicable prospects that a Rooney move to Chelsea would represent. The trouble with Chelsea’s recent successes has been that it's come largely as a result of their masses of foreign talent.

John Terry, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Ryan Bertrand, Victor Moses and Lampard have been the more prominent homegrown players in Mourinho’s squad for the past year (although Moses is Nigerian by nationality).

By bringing Rooney in, the Portuguese helmsman would add that much more validation to an English outfit looking to dominate not only domestically but also on the European stage, too.

Too often are English players kept within squads as nothing more than fringe players there to fulfil a quota, whereas Rooney would be as major a signing as any other for the Blues.

From Lampard’s comments, one can certainly guess that the playmaker would be far from aghast to the idea of playing alongside Rooney at club level, something that will only make David Moyes’ job of holding on to the player that much harder.

In the modern game, mind games in the media can play as much of a role as matters on the pitch, and by speaking on the move, Lampard will only intrigue his compatriot regarding the linkup even further.