By Sportsmail Reporter
Published: 17:41 GMT, 24 December 2019 | Updated: 20:07 GMT, 24 December 2019
Frank Lampard appeared to make a subtle dig at former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for allowing players like Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne to leave the club during his time in charge.
Both players struggled under Mourinho during their time at Stamford Bridge but have gone on to become two of the top players in the Premier League since being sold by the Blues.
Salah joined Roma for just £12m in 2016 before quickly moving on to Liverpool where he has won consecutive Golden Boots and a Premier League Player of the Season award.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard speaks to the media during a press conference on Tuesday
Lampard aimed a dig at Jose Mourinho for letting Kevin De Bruyne (L) and Mo Salah (R) leave
De Bruyne also failed to establish himself at the club and left for Wolfsburg for £18m in 2014.
After shining in Germany he signed for Manchester City for £55m, where he has been one of the central figures in the club’s back-to-back title wins.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Boxing Day clash with Southampton, Lampard, who played with both players, appeared to make a comment in relation to them.
Egyptian forward Salah (L) failed to establish himself under Mourinho (R) at Stamford Bridge
‘If we’re not patient and if we don’t stick with the players, we might end up in a situation like we were before where absolute top, world-class players in this moment were at Chelsea when they were 20, 21 and managers didn’t stick with them so much then,’ he said.
‘I’m in a position where I’m going to stick with them.’
Mourinho has previously denied he was responsible for letting Salah leave.
De Bruyne also struggled with the Blues and was allowed to join Wolfsburg in 2014
‘When the club decided to sell him, it was not me,’ the now Tottenham manager said in January
‘I bought him, I didn’t sell him, and my relationship with him was good, is good.
‘I think that he doesn’t regret that move because everything went well. Everything went well for him and the progression went well for him but, at that moment, he was just a kid with a huge desire to play every week, every minute and we couldn’t give him it.’
Frank Lampard aims a dig at Jose Mourinho for letting Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah leave
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