CHELSEA boss Frank Lampard has broken his silence on James Corden’s shock role in his return to the club.
The 44-year-old was appointed interim manager until the end of the season after the sacking of Graham Potter.
Blues owner Todd Boehly is close friends with Corden.
And SunSport exclusively revealed that the comedian and TV presenter suggested the idea of bringing Lampard back on a short-term deal.
Lampard has now broken his silence on the news when speaking to the media ahead of his team’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid tonight.
He was asked if the Spanish side are in a “League Of Their Own”, a play on words based on the show Corden hosts.
Lampard did not deny that the West Ham fan had an impact on his return.
He said: “Wow. I saw the headline of James Corden and I am absolutely unaware of if it’s true or not.
“It’s obviously a great headline to put together casually from the outside.
“When I look at the success of Todd Boehly and the owners of Chelsea I think you have to respect that success, and respect the idea that they’ll make decisions based on more than a conversation with one person.”
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Lampard’s second stint in West London got off to a poor start, losing to Wolves 1-0 on Saturday in a defeat that leaves them languishing in 11th in the table.
However, European success remains a possibility and the caretaker boss was asked if he could pull off a similar triumph to that of interim gaffer Roberto Di Matteo in 2012 when he guided Chelsea to Champions League success.
Lampard played down the comparisons, saying: “There are parallels in a simple sense.
“We are ex-players, but the year Robbie was here he was assistant, he had a big awareness of the squad and got the job earlier in the year than I did.
“He did an amazing job. I think my situation is different in practice. I do have an awareness of the squad but not at close-hand to all of them.
“I think I have to be careful making that parallel because we have very tough games in front of us.
“There’s a lot of work to be done but we are very committed to making our own bit of history.”