Frank Lampard has praised Thomas Tuchel’s impact at Chelsea and says he would ‘happily meet up with his successor once the season is over.
After Chelsea hit a poor run of form over the winter period, Lampard was sacked and quickly replaced by Tuchel at the end of January.
The German has made an instant impact since his arrival at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea on course to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League, while the team will also face Manchester City in the Champions League final later this month.
Following his departure in January, Lampard reached out to Tuchel to wish him good luck for his time at Chelsea.
When asked about the message he sent to Tuchel, Lampard told The Times: ‘I just felt it the right thing to do.
‘When you’re young you’re very self-consumed, you just want to be the best, you get very competitive about everybody.
‘As you mature and you realise going to Chelsea the job might not last for ever, for me the only way to have long-term success and actually do the right thing is by acting right and showing people the right respect.
‘I remember Tuchel leaving PSG two months before and it was the talk of the training ground when we came in one day as we had a lot of French players, French-speaking players, and then he comes into Chelsea. I haven’t met him.
‘The right thing to do is to wish him luck with the club that’s my club, that I played for for so long and had just managed.
‘I’m still in touch with staff there. The things I hear about him are very positive. He comes across very well. He’s obviously a top-class manager.
‘I appreciated his words last week, giving me credit for the first half of the season, and he’s taking it on and I’ll give him credit for that as well because to reach two finals and to be in contention for the top four, it is a big achievement from a top manager. I happily would [meet him].
‘He’s much busier than me at the minute so I’ll leave him be for the next couple of weeks.’