Chelsea need star with an 'edge', says Lampard

Just a few days before Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked by Chelsea, he bemoaned the lack of a player capable of producing something "magical". Four months on and with Chelsea's bid for Kaka failing, Frank Lampard said yesterday that his club needed to buy a player like the Brazilian who could give them "the edge".

Lampard was speaking at England's hotel in Almaty ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan tomorrow from where he has been following the saga of the pursuit of Kaka with interest. There can be no doubt that the Brazilian playmaker would have fitted the bill to fill the creative void at Chelsea although it would appear that the club have all but given up on hijacking Real Madrid's prospective £56m deal for the player.

As Chelsea's chief playmaker Lampard said that he believed there would have been a way of blending Kaka into the side's trademark mix of power and strength. "Looking at us this season, we've got a strong squad and good players, but maybe we do need a little edge," Lampard said. "Someone who can produce something a little bit different to what we do already better, a bit of an edge. Kaka would certainly be in that mould.

"I don't think he would [clash with Lampard's style]. It would be for the manager and for us, as players, to work it out, but he's not the same kind of player to me. There would be elements that would be similar. But he's not the same. If you want to be a top player, and you're talking about a top player in Kaka and a top manager in Carlo Ancelotti, you'll find ways to get the best out of players."

Ancelotti will be the fifth Chelsea manager under whom Lampard has played but he said that it was an aspect of life that he had come to accept. He added that he had never sought to undermine a manager and did not believe that was part of the culture of the club. Ancelotti's arrival, he said, represented just another challenge.

"Every manager I've had has given me another push to a different level. If you're a strong pro, you don't worry too much about the fact that it's changing all the time. You need to worry about yourself, try to impress, and learn for the manager. If we all do that, we've got a great chance.

"Everyone I've spoken to who has worked with him [Ancelotti] gives him lots of praise as a man and as a manager. Me and the Chelsea boys are very excited. All Italian managers I've played under are aware of fitness, tactics, and I think they've had a big impact in our game. I played under Claudio Ranieri and he had a big effect on me, on how I live my life and the way I play. I like their work ethic."

As for Kaka, Lampard described him as an "elegant" player – "no circus tricks, but he's very effective". But if it is not to be Kaka who gives Chelsea the edge, then who? John Terry volunteered Franck Ribéry and David Villa after the FA Cup final. Lampard said he would not name names but confirmed that there would be the budget available, as there was for Kaka, to sign a big player.

"We need someone who can produce something for us, as a wide man or a creative midfield player, and someone as a striker," Lampard said. "We want to push on again. It seems our intentions are to really push on this summer and add players who can make us really top drawer."

News
people
News
people And here is why...
News
peopleStella McCartney apologises over controversial Instagram picture
Life and Style
Laid bare: the Good2Go app ensures people have a chance to make their intentions clear about having sex
techCould Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Richard Burr remains the baker to beat on the Great British Bake Off
tvRichard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
News
i100
Sport
footballArsenal 4 Galatasaray 1: Wenger celebrates 18th anniversary in style
Arts and Entertainment
Amazon has added a cautionary warning to Tom and Jerry cartoons on its streaming service
tv
News
people
News
The village was originally named Llansanffraid-ym-Mechain after the Celtic female Saint Brigit, but the name was changed 150 years ago to Llansantffraid – a decision which suggests the incorrect gender of the saint
newsWelsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
Arts and Entertainment
Kristen Scott Thomas in Electra at the Old Vic
theatreReview: Kristin Scott Thomas is magnificent in a five-star performance of ‘Electra’
News
Destructive discourse: Jewish boys look at anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on to the walls of the synagogue in March 2006, near Tel Aviv
peopleAt the start of Yom Kippur and with anti-Semitism flourishing, one Jew can no longer ignore his identity
Life and Style
Couples who boast about their relationship have been condemned as the most annoying Facebook users
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Hayley Williams performs with Paramore in New York
musicParamore singer says 'Steal Your Girl' is itself stolen from a New Found Glory hit
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’

Welcome to Maidenhead, the divorce capital of... Italy

A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
Time to stop running: At the start of Yom Kippur and with anti-Semitism flourishing, one Jew can no longer ignore his identity

Time to stop running

At the start of Yom Kippur and with anti-Semitism flourishing, one Jew can no longer ignore his identity
Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

An app for the amorous

Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

She's having a laugh

Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

Let there be light

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

A look to the future

It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
The 10 best bedspreads

The 10 best bedspreads

Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

Arsenal vs Galatasaray

Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence