Frank Lampard has backed “phenomenal” defender Reece James for a long and fruitful Chelsea career.
Frank revealed his sympathy for the right-back after his red card after the final whistle that added a sour note to a stunning full international debut in his country’s 1-0 Wembley loss to Denmark.
Frank is confident Reece will learn from the mistake of confronting referee Jesus Gil Manzano after the country’s frustrating defeat.
And the Stamford Bridge manager hailed the 20-year-old ace’s rapid rise, having been on loan at Wigan Athletic little more than a year ago.
“His progress is phenomenal. When he played at Wigan in the Championship, I watched him closely and tried to take him to Derby in that January window and it didn’t happen,” said Frank.
“So I’ve always been a big fan of his natural talent. There are things he’ll want to improve on his game and that I think he can improve on his game.
“And the great thing about Reece and a lot of the other younger players at the club is that they are very open to that – they want to improve all the time.
“So with his great natural talent that he’s got, his great physical attributes and the things we can work on, he’s going to be a fantastic player for this club for a long, long time.”
In other news, Chelsea are still keen on signing Gianluigi Donnarumma and could make a swoop for the AC Milan and Italy goalkeeper next summer’s transfer market, the latest reports say.