Chelsea latest: Confirmed interest in £15m client, Roman revolution

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In 'Making history, not reliving it; a decade of Roman's rule at Chelsea', legendary Blues midfielder Frank Lampard, 35, has talked up the effect Roman Abramovich has had on the Stamford Bridge club, claiming he has transformed Chelsea from good, to great.

'He’s been fantastic for Chelsea. We were a big club before he came and that was one of the reasons I joined. When I came, the team was strong… we weren’t quite in first place but we weren’t far away, but he took us to a world level.

'We can travel to play in places like China and America and be supported by thousands, and we’ve now won everything that’s worth winning, and basically it’s all down to him.'

Lampard also stated that the wealthy Russian makes his presence felt: 'He’s in the dressing-room with us and is genuinely interested in what the players think about the games we play, how we’re playing and the players’ views on all things Chelsea.

'If he could, he’d be out there on the pitch with us and, as a Chelsea footballer, there’s nothing better than seeing the owner of the club you’re playing for being as involved and as interested as he is.

'I’ve been at other clubs and I’ve seen it in other teams where there has been a big, big difference between the owner and the players but with Mr Abramovich he’s completely on our level. There’s no doubt about it, without him, Chelsea would not be where they are today. I’ve got nothing but huge respect for him.'

Radio Caracol had an exclusive on their airwaves as Marcelo Ferreyra, the representative of £15m Chelsea target Fredy Guarin, has confirmed Jose Mourinho's admiration for his client, of Internazionale.

'The interest of Chelsea is virtually official. Fredy is happy at Inter and we will have to carefully evaluate the London club's project for the future. There have been a number of contacts between the Nerazzuri and Chelsea officials. We are all waiting for a decision from [Inter] president Erick Thohir.'

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