Harry Redknapp has revealed that he text Frank Lampard to say he should’ve signed John Stones from Chelsea back in the summer.
Speaking on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, the ex-Tottenham boss said: ‘What a comeback. I text Frank (Lampard) at the start of the year but he’d already made a signing at Chelsea. I said what about him, John Stones. He’s a real talent.’
This surely would’ve cost Chelsea a huge amount of money, and would also have taken a lot of work to convince Pep Guardiola.
The Spaniard has openly praised the England international on numerous occasions, and is a huge fan of his bravery in possession.
As quoted by the Independent, Guardiola commended the former Everton man for rediscovering his best form this season after a period of mediocrity.
Back in 2017, the ex-Barcelona boss also said Stones had more ‘balls’ than anyone when defending him from the mistakes he makes when trying to play out from the back, as Goal covered.
Stones cost the Citizens £47.5 million.
If Lampard did want the 26-year-old at Stamford Bridge, we’d presume Guardiola would’ve demanded over that amount.
Eventually, Chelsea never signed the £100,000-a-week man, and opted to bring Thiago Silva to west London after he left Paris Saint-Germain.
Both defenders have done well this term, so everybody is a winner.
It was nice of Redknapp to try and help his nephew in the market, although his recommendation was a wildly ambitious one, to say the least.