None of that fanfare was arranged for Lampard before he jetted off to New York City FC and then headed back to the Premier League for a brief stint at Manchester City on loan.
The former midfielder has now claimed Chelsea’s pursuit of Cesc Fabregas in the same summer saw him cast aside amid fears their fiery relationship couldn’t be contained within the changing room.
Lampard and Fabregas clashed several times during the Spaniard’s spells with bitter rivals Arsenal and LaLiga giants Barcelona, giving Blues chiefs a decision to make over personnel at the Bridge.
Lampard, quizzed about his relationship with Fabregas, told BT Sport: “We never played together! They let me go to get Cesc in.