Frank Lampard says that a number of elite European clubs approached him when he was at Chelsea.
Lampard established himself as one of the finest goalscoring midfielders during his peak at Stamford Bridge.
The 38-year-old spent 13 years with Chelsea from 2001, winning three Premier League titles and a Champions League, and scoring 211 goals.
Speaking to Goals on Sunday, he confirmed that a number of clubs, including Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid courted him.
“There were times earlier in my career when they did, but I do not look back and regret not going, but it was certainly of interest,” he said.
“Back in the day, the big Spanish clubs were involved – Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan under Jose [Mourinho].
“It was never: ‘I’m ready to sign now,’ but there were rumours and some talks behind the scenes.
“But I am very happy I did not take them up on any of them as when I look back on my career, particularly the Chelsea part of it, I would have missed so much.”