Chelsea boss Frank Lampard praised Leeds United midfielder and his former New York City teammate Jack Harrison but plans to stop him at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

It might feel like it was a long time ago, but Lampard has only retired from playing for about four years now.

.He announced his retirement back in February 2017 after a spell in the MLS.

Interestingly, in his last season at New York City, he also played alongside Harrison who is now on loan at Leeds from Manchester City.

However, Lampard doesn’t think his knowledge of the 24-year-old midfielder would help him prepare for the weekend’s game considering Harrison’s growth since then.

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“Jack is a million miles from the player he was at New York [City],” the Chelsea manager told the reporters in his pre-match press conference (via the club’s official YouTube channel).

“He was a developing player at that point and I absolutely love the lad — I’ve got so much time for Jack.

“And the player he has developed into at Leeds has been really, really impressive.

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“He’s playing great football, he’s a threat, two [footed], quick, runs, high intensity and he is one of their major players and attacking centres.

“Of course, we want to nullify that tomorrow but his career has gone in a great direction and it will continue to [go in that direction].”

In another news, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa gave his assessment on Lampard’s Chelsea side in his press-conference on Thursday.

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