Rio Ferdinand recalls cutting ties with Frank Lampard after their moves to Man United and Chelsea – despite growing up together at West Ham – admitting they stopped speaking as they were ‘focused on winning trophies’
- The pair broke through at West Ham under Lampard’s uncle Harry Redknapp
- Ferdinand went on to win the Champions League and six Premier League titles
- Lampard also captured the Champions League and three Premier League titles
Rio Ferdinand has opened up on the breakdown of his relationship with Frank Lampard during their respective spells at Manchester United and Chelsea, admitting the pair were solely focused on winning trophies.
Ferdinand and Lampard first forged a bond at West Ham, yet they later lost contact when medals were up for grabs.
The former Hammers duo and Joe Cole all broke through at the club under Lampard’s uncle Harry Redknapp in 1999 and became permanent first-team members.
Speaking on BT Sport ahead of Man City’s clash with Newcastle at the Etihad, Ferdinand said about competing against friends: ‘It does [impact your friendships].
‘It is well documented Frank Lampard and I grew up together at West Ham. When he went to Chelsea and I went to Manchester United, we didn’t speak.
Rio Ferdinand has revealed he and Frank Lampard stopped speaking when they were at Manchester United and Chelsea because they were ‘focused on winning trophies’
Ferdinand (second from right) and Lampard (left) broke through at West Ham under Harry Redknapp’s tutelage in 1999 and became permanent first-team members
‘It wasn’t a conversation or a fallout, he was focused on winning as many trophies as possible and I was as well. It happens. Some relationships stay the same.
‘Even with Joel, we have become close now we have retired because we are not fighting over anything.’
Ferdinand, 44, won the Champions League and six Premier League titles in his time at United.
Meanwhile Lampard, also 44, won the Champions League and three Premier League titles with Chelsea while becoming their all-time leading scorer on 211 goals.
It comes as Ferdinand said Arsenal‘s players will be more than aware of goings on at the Etihad prior to their clash with Bournemouth.
Pointing to his own experiences of title races, Ferdinand said players do not block out the outside noise of rivals’ results and said the proximity of televisions and mobile phones make it practically impossible to do.
‘There is no doubt in my mind that there will be televisions all over the place and players have their phones with the game on,’ he said.
The former team-mates first forged a bond at Upton Park, however contact stopped when medals were up for grabs
Speaking on BT Sport ahead of Man City’s clash with Newcastle, Ferdinand recalled the breakdown in their relationship
‘It will be in their mind. You can’t get away from it. It can alter your mind going into a game.
‘I played games when I went out for the warm-up at the team we were fighting against were behind, came back in from the warm-up and they had turned it around and were winning.
‘We were like oh and having to jee players up against. We went out and drew the game, it can affect you if you don’t have players with the right experience to get you motivated for the game based on what the result it.’
Ferdinand was part of six title-winning sides at United, though was also involved in two gut-wrenching final days which saw the title slip away from them in 2009-10 and, most notably, 2011-12.
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