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What Mateo Kovacic wants Frank Lampard to help him with as Chelsea boss

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Kovacic moved to Chelsea on loan from Real Madrid last summer before joining permanently earlier this month for £40m.

But the Croatian failed to score in his first season for Chelsea, despite the club’s Euorpa League success and Champions League qualification.

Lampard, who is Chelsea’s al-time top goalscorer, took over as Blues boss after Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus departure.

And Kovacic is relishing the chance to work with Lampard, who is already putting his new players through their paces in pre-season.

“I’m looking forward to working hard - I’m enjoying it but already it’s been very tough,” he said.

“I’ve never had such a hard start! The coach has said how important it will be to work hard and prepare for a long and tough season.

“I’m looking forward to working with [Lampard] a lot.

“He was an amazing player and he showed last season that he is a good coach as well.

“I’m looking forward to learning how to score from him because he scored quite a lot and me not so much last season!

“I’m maybe not exactly the same type of midfielder as he was but he had some strong abilities, especially scoring goals.

“He was a hard worker so I’m looking forward to being better in this aspect, in working hard, fighting on the pitch and scoring goals.”

Lampard is also the fourth all-time top goalscorer in Premier League history.

The 40-year-old took charge of his first Chelsea game earlier this week in a 1-1 draw with Bohemians.

In his first league game as manager, Chelsea will go up against Manchester United on August 11 at Old Trafford.

He’ll then make his homecoming to Stamford Bridge the week after as Chelsea take on Leicester.

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