LAMPARD APPROCHED BY SWANSEA BEFORE RETIREMENT

Swansea City made an offer to Frank Lampard prior to his retirement from football.

Manager Paul Clement, who worked with Lampard during his time as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at Chelsea, has confirmed he was keen to snap up the 38-year-old and made an approach.

Despite having recently received offers to play in the Premier League, Lampard announced his retirement on Thursday.

Clement revealed he was keen to bring Lampard to Wales and praised the former England international’s accomplishments after his decision to call it quits.

“I would have loved to have had him here,” Clement told reporters.

“So I would be lying if I said I did not try. But I think he was moving towards the decision he made.

“I fully respect that. We had a chat and he appreciated I had called because of our relationship. I am not saying it was close – it did not go very far – but it would have been nice.”

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