Chelsea board MUST back unhappy Antonio Conte - Frank Lampard

Chelsea board MUST back unhappy Antonio Conte - Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard fears Chelsea will get permanently left behind if Roman Abramovich fails to match the spending power of Manchester City and United.

And Lampard, who won three Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge, says it is a position in the table they may have to get used to unless their billionaire owner coughs up more cash.

Such figureheads are now commonplace, with transfer fees having escalated as the market is dominated by those with the deepest pockets.

Lampard admits he understands Conte's frustrations, with the Chelsea legend claiming he must be better backed in the transfer market if the club are to keep pace with their big-spending rivals.

"City and United have blown everyone else out of the water in terms of their spending in the last two years", he told The Sun.

"They were a bit unfortunate and I think when Willian went off, it affected the flow of the game and it brought Arsenal back into it because their movement was really good".

"And he's going to have so many clubs wanting him because a year ago, what he did with Chelsea - after the start they had, changing the system, it wasn't the level of Leicester's win but it was probably one of the best managerial performances in terms of turning the season around by a system change, that I've seen in an awfully long time".

'The club can't lose what they've got.

Antonio Conte cuts the figure of a "very unhappy" man, says Jamie Redknapp, as speculation surrounding the Chelsea head coach's future intensifies. "He doesn't mince his words and he's been pretty honest about how he feels". Real Madrid are to be monitoring the Belgium internationals ahead of a major summer rebuild.

Lampard hopes the 27-year-old can be persuaded to stay put, but acknowledges that there is a chance key men could soon start heading for the exits.

Hazard and Courtois are in the last 18 months of their current deals and are yet to commit their long-term futures to the west London club.

'Players will move on but hopefully not Hazard.



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