RIO FERDINAND has admitted he “didn’t speak” to Frank Lampard after they both left West Ham.
And it wasn’t an argument that saw them stop talking, but instead the regular pursuit of silverware at Manchester United and Chelsea.
The pair broke into the Hammers’ first-team together before moving on to pastures new.
It was Ferdinand who left first, initially to Leeds in 2000, and then to United two years later.
Lampard meanwhile made the move across London to Chelsea in 2001.
Speaking on BT Sport about competing against friends, Ferdinand said: “It does [impact your friendships].
“It is well documented Frank Lampard and I grew up together at West Ham.
“When he went to Chelsea and I went to Manchester United, we didn’t speak.
“It wasn’t a conversation or a fallout, he was focused on winning as many trophies as possible and I was as well.
“It happens. Some relationships stay the same.”
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Ferdinand won six Premier League titles, the Champions League and three League Cups during his time at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile Lampard won the Champions League, three Prem titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and the Europa League with the Blues.
Ferdinand and Lampard continued to play together for England, making 81 and 106 caps for the Three Lions, respectively.
But Ferdinand admitted going their separate ways at club level saw their relationship take a hit.