Chelsea players Reece James and Thiago Silva have said their goodbyes to Frank Lampard after the 42-year-old was axed by the club.
Thiago Silva and Reece James have paid their tributes to Frank Lampard after he was dismissed by the club.
Chelsea announced their decision to sack their manager following a poor run of domestic results.
Lampard initially led Chelsea to a 17-match unbeaten streak earlier in the season. The Blues were even labeled Premier League and Champions League challengers at a point. However, a 1-0 loss to Everton in early December was the beginning of their problems.
The 42-year-old saw a run of five defeats in the Blues’ last eight games and that was enough for Roman Abramovich to pull the plug on the club legend.
Silva, who arrived at Chelsea on a free transfer in August, has now paid his respect to Lampard who brought him in from PSG.
The Brazilian says Lampard played a key role in helping him to settle into his new surroundings.
“I would like to thank you for everything you and your team have done for me since the day I arrived,” Silva wrote on Instagram.
“As I told you, it seemed like we had been working together for 10 years! Thank you very much for everything, legend.”
James meanwhile was a number of Chelsea academy products given a chance in the first-team under Lampard, along with Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.
The England right-back wrote on Instagram: “As a Chelsea fan growing up I’ve always looked up to you, idolised you. I can’t explain what it’s been like to play under you, the whole journey has been surreal. I cannot thank you enough for putting your trust into me and giving me the opportunity to play for my boyhood club!”
“Thank you so much for all you have taught me, which I will continue to use throughout the rest of my career. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live my dream! I’ll forever be thankful.”