Chelsea Full back Reece James says he rejected the chance to play for Frank Lampard in the 2018/2019 session at Derby county.
James, who has taken in 25 appearances this season, told FourFourTwo of Lampard: “He wanted to sign me for Derby last January, but it didn't go through. I was happy playing at Wigan.
“It was good to know he rated me, although that was at Championship level, and when you get a big job at a Premier League team, sometimes minds can change. But we spoke when he arrived and he said he wanted to give me a chance.
“I was injured, and he told me to come back in the best shape possible. I'm thankful that I've got to work with him.”