Frank Lampard reveals moment he tried to bring Erling Haaland to Chelsea
Chelsea interim boss Frank Lampard has revealed he wanted to bring Erling Haaland to the club before he signed for Manchester City.
The Blues legend was first in charge as boss in 2019 before being sacked and replaced by Thomas Tuchel in early 2021.
Haaland’s rise at Borussia Dortmund during that time was catching the eyes of the football world, with Chelsea being linked with a move.
He eventually completed a switch to City last summer, but Lampard has admitted he wanted to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
The Norwegian’s 36 Premier League goals is the same number Chelsea have racked up this season, and the Blues boss said: “It’s fantastic from him, the Chelsea side is another story.
“He’s a player I tried to bring to Chelsea, his level at that point was very clear.
“Credit to him, I love seeing players at that level with the hunger to be the best and in terms of dealing with him, you have to have a plan. Im sure the players have a good awareness of him.”
He added: “I don’t know if he would have decided to come anyway but I was a big fan. I was pushing big, he was the outstanding one.”
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Chelsea remain one of two teams that Haaland is yet to score against this season.
However, City face both sides in their remaining games and could win the Premier League title with a win against the Blues on Sunday,
Haaland has netted a further 16 times across other competitions in what has been a stellar debut season under Pep Guardiola.
His efforts in the top flight of English football have seen him score the most goals in a single Premier League season ever.
The striker’s talent and potential was apparent to see during his time at Dortmund, and he’s now taken his game to another level.
Lampard was clearly one to notice his status as a rising star, but was unable to secure his services at Stamford Bridge.