Chelsea’s board clashed with Frank Lampard over his insistence on signing former academy product Delcan Rice from West Ham United, in response to The Athletic.
Lampard was fired on Monday, after the membership’s latest hunch in type, which has left the Blues ninth within the Premier League desk.
Chelsea was below a switch ban when Lampard was appointed in 2019 and he led the membership to fourth place in his first season at Stamford Bridge, which was thought-about a hit given the circumstances.
Nonetheless, final month, he was given £225m which was splashed on the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell.
Nonetheless, Lampard was removed from content material with the membership’s outlay and he repeatedly demanded the signing of Rice from rivals West Ham.
The midfielder was launched from Chelsea’s academy on the age of 15 however has gone on to determine himself as a full England worldwide.
West Ham is real looking about their prospects of maintaining Rice within the long-term however they wished round £80m for the midfielder final summer season, which Lampard felt was good worth for cash.
Nonetheless, the board was uncomfortable with the optics of forking out such an enormous sum on a participant that they deemed not adequate simply 5 years in the past.
In addition they felt the staff was effectively stocked in defensive midfield and that different areas of the facet required extra pressing funding.
However Lampard continued to push for Rice’s signing and expressed on plenty of events his want to land the participant at any price.
Nonetheless, it’s clear that the board didn’t agree with Lampard over Rice and he was angered additional when the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso and Emerson remained on the membership as a substitute of being offered.
The stress between Lampard and people above him grew additional, as he requested the signing of Rice once more earlier than the January switch window opened.