In an interview with Channel 4’s Chatty Man, Frank Lampard spoke football, also touching the hot topic of gay footballers.
Lampard, 36, was asked about gay footballers on when openly gay host Alan Carr insisted some Premier League footballers must be gay, statistically.
Lampard replied: “We have had a couple come out afterwards. I think it is a fact they will be out there, they are in all lives and times, but we are at fault as a sport. It is that old syndrome where it is a man’s game and you can’t talk about that.”
According to the former Chelsea player, things have changed a lot in the recent years.
“I have to say the game is changing a lot, there are a lot of campaigns and I feel it in the dressing rooms. I would love it if someone came out and everyone treated it with respect. This silly thing that we are macho and we play football is very old hat.”
Lampard also spoke about his time at Chelsea.
“I had 13 years at Chelsea and I will always be a Chelsea boy because I played there and have so many memories.”
“They decided I was moving on and at 35 you are not going to fight that. If they want you to move on you move on. Then Manchester City came in for me. it was too good to turn down.”
“At 36 not many people get asked to play for the champions of England at the time for five months.”
“I have got such a great relationship with the Chelsea fans. It hasn’t broken it. I still have my main house in Chelsea and I go back to London a lot, I hope I won’t ever lose that, I don’t think I will.”
The midfielder, who is on-loan at Manchester City, also spoke about Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, his mentor: “He is brilliant. If you wanted to bottle a manager and get all the good bits in it, he has got them.”
“I say that because he helped me in my career a huge amount. When he came I didn’t have that self confidence, I was 25, and he brought that out of me. And he does that with all the players he works with.”
“He is very good at gauging a player and he knows if you need a b******ing he will give it to you individually or as a team on a day but if you need a little bit of love and niceness he does that as well.”
Frank also spoke about his recent trip to New York
About the fans: “They did chant a lot, they are very game and very keen. They have started a new club and you know what Americans are like, they are very positive and behind their team.”
“The game we watched was a funny game and they didn’t play particularly well but the fans were all behind them. If there was a shot from anywhere they get really excited.”
Lampard played 429 games for Chelsea in the Premier League, scoring 147 goals. But he also hinted he could go into TV work or management after he retires.
“I’m in the back end of my career, whether I stay in football, I don’t really know. I will maybe do my coaching badges, that is two years worth of work to maybe be a manager.”
“But I am not sure if I will go down that route or certain other routes, a bit of TV maybe, everyone is lining up to do it, that punditry thing. It looks easy but it is not that easy.”