Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho began his weekly press conference by paying tribute to Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, who plays his last Premier League game on Sunday before heading to MLS side New York City.
Lampard left Stamford Bridge at the end of last season, eventually linking up with Premier League rivals Manchester City, but has been a big part of the success enjoyed at Stamford Bridge over the last decade.
Mourinho told reporters, as covered by the club’s official Twitter account: "The same way I had a few words about Steven Gerrard, I have to do so about Frank Lampard with more emotions.
"One of my best players ever. One of my best professionals ever. A Chelsea legend and a legend in the Premier League. So last match for Frank and obviously I have to honour him and wish him the best in the States and hope he can get back to England as soon as possible because he is a big loss for English football."
This Sunday sees Chelsea lift the Premier League trophy after they secured the title at the start of the month. Given his achievements this season, Mourinho has been awarded the Manager of the Year gong after returning the top-flight crown to the Blues, as well as the League Cup, but the Portuguese boss claims he was surprised to see his efforts recognised.
He explained: "I was not waiting for it. Never manager of the month so I was not waiting for this, but obviously I am happy. It's a club trophy, not me. It’s me, my assistants, my players. It’s something you don’t get by yourself."
Given Chelsea had wrapped up the title early, a lot of the stories surrounding the club have turned to the transfer window, and one man who is being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge is Petr Cech - who has had to make do with playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois for much of the season.
Mourinho wants Cech to remain at the club but if he decides to leave, the Chelsea boss seems relaxed over his potential destination - with rivals Arsenal said to be interested, per the Daily Star.
He added: “I think this is a very personal thing. I don’t want to speak about it. I keep saying I would like him to stay. I have no preferences in case of where he goes."