Frank Lampard has pleaded with Chelsea fans to drop chants offensive to the traveller community.
After Chelsea won a friendly at Reading on Sunday, the manager said: “The support of the fans is incredible – I didn’t hear the song today but I am aware of it. But if there is a song that has words which are offensive, of course I don’t want to hear that. That is from me, a big Chelsea man, saying we don’t want songs with offensive words.
“So, if the fans can sing other songs while still backing the team then I will back that. We don’t want to hear that, the club are very strong with work they do on things that are offensive or prejudiced.”
“We are not quite there but what is clear is that the club are working towards that and talks have moved on well in the last week.
“But I know that both I and the club want to keep him here, he is a player we cherish that has come through the academy. He is the present and the future.
“I also know the club are talking to Willian and they are both players I want in my squad.
“I haven’t made decisions yet on players [who might be let go] because that is a line and I haven’t drawn that line yet in terms of selection for those early games.
“But there are decisions I have to make and I will make them in due course. They are not absolutely clear but I am getting there.”
Mason Mount scored twice in three second-half minutes in the 4-3 victory at the Madejski Stadium.
Chelsea’s other goals came from Ross Barkley and Kenedy, while Reading replied through Josh Barrett, Michael Morrison and Sam Baldock.
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