Conte silent about Lampard return

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte refused to address speculation Frank Lampard could be offered a role at Stamford Bridge when speaking ahead of the Blues’ meeting with Middlesbrough on Super Sunday.

Lampard is set to leave New York City FC but has not announced his next move, and Conte will wait until the Blues legend clarifies his playing future before commenting.

“Frank Lampard has been a great player, a fantastic player for Chelsea,” Conte said when asked by reporters. “He won a lot with this team.

“But now for me he’s still playing and for this reason I don’t know his future. I repeat: he has been a fantastic player, a legend for this club. I have great respect for him.

“For me it’s very difficult to reply to the question when the question starts ‘if’. It’s important to know.”

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