Jose Mourinho has tipped former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard as the “best player in the Premier League for one decade”.
Mourinho, who discussed his managerial future on Wednesday, has enjoyed high-profile spells at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid during his stellar career as a boss.
The Portuguese has won 22 trophies since starting as a manager with Benfica in 2000, including two Champions League titles, three Premier Leagues, two Serie A titles and a La Liga crown.
Discussing which of his former players he feels was the best, Mourinho tipped ex-Chelsea star Lampard, who he managed from 2004 to 2007, and again in the 2013/14 season, as one of his best.
“At Chelsea, in my first period, I had Frank Lampard, probably the best player in the Premier League for one decade,” Mourinho told the Straits Times.
“Who was my best player? It’s so difficult to say and I coached some of the best players in the world.
“I went to Inter [Milan], I had [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, I got [Javier] Zanetti. I got to Madrid, I had [Cristiano] Ronaldo. I come back to Chelsea and I find other top players,” he said.
“I have so many, they gave me so much, it’s not fair to say this is the one. It’s impossible to win so many things without the players so I respect all of them.”