Frank Lampard names two Chelsea stars he used in transfer pitch to land Jude Bellingham

Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has opened up on the talks that took place with Jude Bellingham over a move to Stamford Bridge.

The 20-year-old has become one of football's brightest stars having shone on the European stage for Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid in recent seasons. The midfielder played a key role in Real's Champions League and La Liga win last season and will now be hoping to do the same at Euro 2024 with England.

Bellingham first came to prominence at Birmingham City, where several Premier League clubs were interested in taking him away from St Andrew's. Manchester United and Chelsea were both linked before he joined Dortmund in July 2020.

And now Lampard has had his say on discussions that took place with the young star in an attempt to convince him to join Chelsea. He revealed that part of his pitch was based around other young talent in Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham progressing at Stamford Bridge.

"It wasn't rocket science, everybody wanted him," he told BBC Sport whilst working as a pundit on Tuesday. "He came with his parents, the best thing to me about him was, I knew the player and Chelsea followed him for a long time and I really liked him and the price went up and rightly so, was his maturity.

"It shone through, at that point he was 17 years old. His parents had a plan and I tried to sell him a plan. I had Mason Mount in the first team, Tammy Abraham, the young players who can come and they were asking all the right questions.

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"And they just decided to go (to Dortmund) and the rest is history. Yes, he would have done (played for Lampard). I think because of the way he was and the things we were trying to do at the time with the younger players he would have fitted in."