Chelsea captain John Terry has admitted "it feels different" after arriving at pre-season without departed club legend Frank Lampard.
The pair have played at Stamford Bridge for the last 13 years but Lampard, Chelsea's top goalscorer of all time with 211 goals, has now moved to the Melbourne Heart for six months before joining New York City FC.
Long-serving goalkeeper Petr Cech, whose place is under threat from Belgian youngster Thibaut Courtois, is now the only other player in the Chelsea squad left from the title-winning side of 2004-05.
"It feels different coming in and Lamps not being sat next to me," Terry, who scored during Chelsea's 5-0 pre-season win over Wycombe Wanderes, told the club's official magazine.
Chelsea: Potential summer transfer targets
Chelsea: Potential summer transfer targets
1/9 Paul Pogba
Former Manchester United midfielder was spotted in west London setting the rumour mill into overdrive. The classy French midfielder, still just 21, impressed at the World Cup and has been linked with a blockbuster £60m move to Stamford Bridge, despite the recent arrival of Cesc Fabregas. However, he is also linked with a move to Manchester City as a potential replacement for Yaya Toure.
2/9 Adrien Rabiot
The talented teen put clubs in Europe on alert after rejecting a contract offer from Paris Saint-Germain. Chelsea made a move for the Frenchman in January and have gone back in for him, even though he is highly rated by PSG coach Laurent Blanc.
3/9 Sami Khedira
The German midfielder missed five months for Real Madrid's season with a knee injury and has played just 15 games this term. With Madrid reportedly interested in signing new players in central midfield, Khedira's future at the Bernabeu could be at an end. The 27-year-old is interesting Arsenal, but should Chelsea go in for him too, they would be getting a player that Mourinho knows well and real quality in front of the back four, not dissimilar to club legend Claude Makelele.
4/9 Yaya Toure
An outside bet, of course, but with all the drama surrounding the Toure and Manchester City recently, Chelsea could swoop. A powerhouse of a midfielder with a surprisingly deft touch and devastating skill at the dead ball, the 31-year-old would be huge assent to any team in the world. Toure cost City £24million in 2010, so any offer would have to huge from Chelsea if they are to persuade the Sky Blues to sell to a title rival.
Tottenham's summer signing hasn't quite lived up to the form he reached in Brazil's Confederations Cup victory in 2013 and struggled at the World Cup, but he has still performed well enough to have Chelsea and Real Madrid reportedly interested in acquiring his services. The 25-year-old would fit in well at Stamford Bridge given the Blues' strong Brazilian contingent already. Paulinho had a mixed first season in the Premier League, scored six goals with three assists last season and not the return Spurs were hoping for, and the lure of Champions League football could persuade the midfielder to switch London clubs.
6/9 Fabio Coentrao
With Ashley Cole having joined Roma and Ryan Bertrand also likely to leave, Jose Mourinho will be in need of a quality, experienced left-back and one possibility is Real Madrid's Coentrao. The 26-year-old came close to joining Manchester United in January and is likely to lose his starting place at Madrid when Marcelo is fully fit again next season. Carlo Ancelotti denies any rumours that the Portuguese defender will leave but if the right offer were to be made by Chelsea, he could be on his way to London and nail down a starting role with ease.
7/9 Edinson Cavani
After a season of playing in the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG, Cavani looks likely to leave the French side after just one year and become the main man at an English club next season. Chelsea remain interested in the Uruguayan but Chelsea are despite a deal for Diego Costa already complete, but may face competition from Manchester United. The 27-year-old cost PSG €64.5million last summer, so any offer from Mourinho would take a large slice of his funds but with his striking power and goals an almost guarantee, it could be a risk worth going for.
8/9 Radamel Falcao
The Colombian striker did not regain fitness in time for the World Cup but it has given him a good chance to weigh up his future. Seemingly always in transfer rumours despite his €60m switch to Monaco last summer, Falcao is a long-term target of the Blues, though Diego Costa has filled the previously vacant No 9 role. The 28-year-old lit up La Liga during his two seasons with Atlectico Madrid but, mainly because of injury, has failed to live up to his price tag in France. If unrest reports are true, Chelsea could attempt an offer.
9/9 Raphael Varane
Reportedly unhappy at Real Madrid due to his low wages in comparison to his team-mates, the centre back has been linked with a move away. Chelsea are reportedly one of the clubs interested in the France international with Jose Mourinho seeing him as a long-term replacement for John Terry.
"We have sat next to each other in the changing room since... well, since he signed for the club really. I’ve become really close to Lamps and Ash and they were my two best mates at the club.
"So I’m really sad to see arguably the best player the club has ever had, in Lamps, move on, for what he brought to the dressing room and as a mate.
"You understand that you all get older, but you just hope that point doesn’t come."
Terry also saw Ashley Cole leave for Serie A side Roma after Jose Mourinho opted not to extend his contract at the club.
"It’s the same with Ash. It was a big move for him to come here from Arsenal at the time. He took a lot of stick but it was a bold move and it took a lot of guts to do what he did. For me, he has been the best left-back England has ever had."
But despite the loss of two legends, one-club man Terry feels like new £30m man Cesc Fabregas will be a more than adequate replacement for Lampard.
"He’s a very good signing," Terry added. "He is great on the ball, a great box-to-box player, he scores an awful lot of goals as well and he has got an aggressive streak in him too – I certainly remember that from his Arsenal days.
"I’m sure he is going to fit in really well at Chelsea and do well in the years to come."
The 27-year-old joined Chelsea for £30m earlier this summer, having been in and out of the Barcelona team in his three years with the Spanish giants.
Despite a parting shot from his former club, who said his performances had deteriorated during his stay, Fabregas scored 42 goals and added 48 assists in 151 games with Barcelona.
It remains to be seen what position Mourinho plays Fabregas in, whether he intends to use him behind the strikers as he was while at Barcelona, or whether he will revert to a deeper role like the one he excelled in at Arsenal.
He joins Chelsea's other new summer signings Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and youngster Mario Pasalic as Jose Mourinho looks to win the Blues their first Premier League title since Carlo Ancelotti led the club to the Double in 2010.
Read more from John Terry in this month’s Chelsea magazine, available to download now from www.chelseafc.com/mobile
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