Lampard insists he never wanted Chelsea to become 'an academy club'

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He had just one year of coaching experience at Championship side Derby to his name, but was trusted with the responsibility of succeeding Maurizio Sarri in west London.

Chelsea FC have been very busy in the summer transfer window, with the Blues having brought in seven new players ahead of the new campaign.

"We are a different kind of club".

"I probably mentioned the transfer ban quite a lot past year, and maybe I felt that was some of the reason we were 30 points behind the top two teams". To come fourth previous year was a big achievement and it certainly felt that way with the competition around us. A lot of them are younger players. That's done now, and now we are looking at whether we can get better, whether we can improve as a club?

The 28-year-old enjoyed an impressive campaign in Ligue 1 last season - just five years after he almost quit the sport altogether.

"It feels good because it has been work, it's what you set out to do".

"The reality is probably that other than Leicester, most clubs that win the Premier League have recruited well and recruited at a high level money-wise".

"We know they have an incredible coach, incredible players and the smart thing that Liverpool have done is believe in their coach and their system for a number of years. We've made positive moves, now it comes down to work and whether we can show it on the pitch".

Blues manager Lampard believes Klopp was as much defending Liverpool's lack of summer signings as overlooking the Reds' previous recruitment drives that have propelled the Anfield club back to the top.

"The Chelseas-Declan-Rice-summer-keeping-tabs-Emerson.html" Daily MailChelseas-Declan-Rice-summer-keeping-tabs-Emerson.html" says West Ham are fighting to keep hold of star midfielder Rice amid interest from Chelsea. "I have a squad to pick from, but the way they are training and the attitude they have come back with looks like they are over those injuries".

Chelsea have always been accused of hoarding young talent without a clear pathway to the first-team and Lampard's policy was a welcome change, however, the Blues boss insists he "never wanted" to become an "academy club" and says the focus should be on whether his side can compete for silverware.