Former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo advised Frank Lampard to join Lazio when his contract expires at Stamford Bridge.
Former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has advised Frank Lampard to join Lazio when his contract expires at Stamford Bridge.
Di Matteo spent three years of his own playing career at the Stadio Olimpico with Lazio and believes it would be a good move for both Lampard and the Italian club.
The veteran midfielder's Chelsea deal expires at the end of the 2012/13 campaign and it appears unlikely he will be offered an extension, despite fellow stalwart Ashley Cole signing on for a further season.
"Lampard is a great player and a great professional, so I am certain he can play at least another two years at the top level," Di Matteo told Sky Sport Italia.
"I don't know if he will join Lazio or not, but it would certainly be a good move for both parties. We often talk and I gave him my opinion. At the end of the day he will make the decision."
Di Matteo was sacked from the Chelsea hot-seat earlier this season despite winning the club's only Champions League trophy just months prior to his dismissal, and said he was glad to hear fans chanting his name after his departure.
"It was an incredibly emotional experience and a very difficult achievement. I had three fantastic months on the Chelsea bench, but also tough, as we worked up to 18 hours a day to achieve our results," he said.
"I was pleased to hear the fans cheer my name after I left. It was love at first sight with the supporters the moment I arrived in London and I'm sure that love will continue over the years.
"Have I had any contact with Italian clubs? I prefer not to talk about this as I have a great deal of respect for the current coaches. In any case, I don't hide that I am very happy with what Lazio are doing in Serie A."