Thursday January 24 2013
Di Matteo: 'Lampard, join Lazio!'

Ex-Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has advised Frank Lampard to join Lazio. “It would certainly be a good choice for both parties. I’ve given him my opinion.”

He played for the Biancocelesti in his career and talked to Sky Sport Italia about the reports linking Lampard with the Olimpico club.

“Lampard is a great player and a great professional, so I am certain he can play at least another two years at the top level,” said Di Matteo.

“I don’t know if he will join Lazio or not, but it would certainly be a good choice for both parties. We often talk and I gave him my opinion. At the end of the day he will make the decision.”

England midfielder Lampard has also been linked with Serie A sides Milan and Juventus, plus offers from the MLS.

Di Matteo was surprisingly sacked by Chelsea earlier this season, just months after becoming the first Coach to win the Champions League with that club.

“It was an incredibly emotional experience and a very difficult achievement. I had three fantastic months on the Chelsea bench, but also tough, as we worked up to 18 hours a day to achieve our results.

“I was pleased to hear the fans cheer my name after I left. It was love at first sight with the supporters the moment I arrived in London and I am sure that love will continue over the years.

“Have I had any contact with Italian clubs? I prefer not to talk about this, as I have a great deal of respect for the current Coaches. In any case, I won’t hide that I am very happy with what Lazio are doing in Serie A.”

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