Frank Lampard has revealed that he keeps in contact with his former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who "had a little go' at the Blues as a pundit following their 4-0 defeat to Manchester United on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
The Blues, with a club legend in their managerial hot-seat, made the worst possible start to their domestic campaign in 2019-20.
A clinical display from the Red Devils at Old Trafford saw Chelsea sent back to west London with their tail between their legs, with Lampard given an early indicator of how tough life at the top can be.
Having spent much of his playing career at that level, the ex-England international is aware of the challenges he faces, and has tackled many of them head on to recover well from a slow start.
Lampard is also aware that criticism comes with the territory, as he is back under a top-flight spotlight, and appreciates constructive criticism from former bosses, family and friends.
He told talkSPORT of still being in contact with former Chelsea and United boss Mourinho: “With Jose, we would have texts from time to time. We had some at the start of the season around the Manchester United game, where he’d had a little go at us (Mourinho was a pundit for Sky Sports for that game), but it’s all good.
“I’ve sat in the punditry chair for a year so I understand the need to say things so I’m not going to bang on too much. In terms of him, we have a relationship.
“Harry Redknapp is Uncle Harry so it would sound wrong if I didn’t speak to him but he was great for me in getting me the role at Derby. He was close to Mel Morris.
“He followed us brilliantly last year. He would text me and call me to talk about Derby and is doing the same at Chelsea so I have to shout Harry even though he is family.
“What he did for me in terms of getting me on the ladder managerially is huge and I will always be thankful for that.
“I had really good relationships with my managers but sometimes in football, Guus Hiddink actually sent me some great messages, you move on a bit and it doesn’t become like you were more acquaintances but I have huge respect for all of them.”