Frank Lampard has revealed that he attempted to sign Jude Bellingham whilst he was still in charge of Chelsea.

Speaking to KEEPUP, Lampard confessed to trying his luck in the transfer market for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder.

Everton’s current manager seemingly shares the views of the new Stamford Bridge chain of command.  

Todd Boehly reportedly also has eyes on Bellingham’s lucrative signature.

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The 19-year-old is wanted all over Europe, interest that will only increase the further he progresses through the World Cup with England.

Gareth Southgate’s side may rely on the teenager to take them beyond the group stage and into the knockout rounds.

He is expected to start alongside Declan Rice in the centre of midfield.

“He’s crucial already. He’s an outstanding talent for such a young player,” said Lampard on Bellingham.

“He’s more experienced and talented than his year’s show – to do what he’s done at the top level already. I tried to sign him when I was at Chelsea, unfortunately that didn’t happen, I tried to sign him and Declan Rice, that will be England’s midfield for this tournament.”

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Lampard loves Bellingham

Perhaps it’s no surprise that Chelsea’s all-time scorer held high admiration for Bellingham.

Lampard was no stranger to harbouring young, English talent during his days in the dugout as a Blue.

Mason Mount, Reece James, Tino Anjorin and Marc Guehi all made their senior Chelsea debut under the Premier League legend.

Tammy Abraham also led the line for Lampard’s side throughout the 2019/20 season.

Just imagine if he’d managed to land Bellingham as well; Roman Abramovich might’ve thought twice about sacking him!

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