Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp says it is unlikely that he will sign Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand.
"I'd be very surprised if Chelsea don't keep [Lampard] anyway," Redknapp said, per Sky Sports. "Again, I love Rio, I signed them both as 15-year-olds but the chances of getting them to QPR are very slim."
Redknapp played an important role in both player's careers.
One of the most endearing moments in Lampard's footballing life was when Redknapp passionately defended him at a fans forum.
Lampard was 18 years old, divided opinion and there were insinuations of nepotism (Redknapp is his uncle), which, according to a fan, negatively impacted the chances of other youngsters, such as Scott Canham.
"I tell you, without any shadow of a doubt, there will be no comparison with what Frank Lampard will achieve in football and what Scott Canham will achieve in football," Redknapp said. "I didn't want to say this in front of him [Lampard], but he will go right to the very top."