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Chelsea boss Lampard lifts lid on Roman Abramovich and Marina Granovskaia transfer talks

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has lifted the lid on his transfer talks with director Marina Granovskaia while backing chairman Roman Abramovich to continue investing in the club to return them to their former heights.

Lampard has been given funds to spend in the summer transfer window and he has already captured Ajax ace Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

The former Blues midfielder is still in the market for more reinforcements and is keeping close tabs on Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell.

Granovskaia has been praised for her swift and decisive actions in the transfer market since the west London side came through a one-window ban.

And Lampard has explained how his relationship with the hierarchy makes it easy to get business done.

“I haven’t spoken to him (Abramovich) recently; I speak to Marina (Granovskaia) a lot and with Petr (Cech),” said Lampard.

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“We are very joined up and we talk a lot and communication is key in that.

“When you say that I know the owner very well, in the workplace, to a degree, I do.

“But I also understand what he wants for this club. I played under it, I felt it as a player when he first came here so I get that, and with my conversations with Marina that’s always relayed.

“I want the same as him. In terms of his commitment, I think he has shown his commitment regularly to our football club.

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“We have done some business now that will hopefully improve us for next season and we want to keep moving forward.

“One thing I really realised coming into this job, I was here a long time as a player, but as manager people will consistently ask you about your relationship with the board and the owner etc.

“And I hope that this shows how we’ve worked together, all of us, with how we work, with recruitment, scouting and all playing our roles, in trying to bring the right players and being joined up.

“So I think we have to be very positive. This is Chelsea Football Club and we want to close the gap. And signings like Timo and Ziyech are both nice statements.

“There are other areas we might want to improve as we go along. But there have to be players available in the market that we can get, and we feel confident and comfortable that we can get them at the right place and to fill the right holes and improve us.

“But now the games have started it’s really important for myself, that I and the players focus on trying to finish the season well.

“And then hopefully we can have the excitement of some new players that we know now are coming in to help us next year.”

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