Frank Lampard back for Chelsea academy role
The former England midfielder announced his retirement from football today, ending his illustrious 21-year playing career.
The 38-year-old intends to go into coaching and Mills reckons Chelsea would be a perfect opportunity to earn his badges at youth level.
Lampard started his career at West Ham but made his name at Stamford Bridge, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League before stints at Manchester City and New York City.
Former England team-mate Steven Gerrard recently returned to boyhood club Liverpool as an academy coach after hanging up his boots in November.
When asked if there will be a position at Chelsea for Lampard, Mills told Sky Sports: "There has to be a role there for those top players, who have played and had longevity in the Premier League and national team.
"Back in the day it used to be a case of ex-players would always go into coaching and nothing else, they had to financially.
"But that's not the case anymore and the sort of wage they get offered for academy coaches and staff lower down the chain is very, very low.
"So you've got to try and entice players back to the game somehow.
"And whether that be with England and the FA or with Chelsea, you don't want to lose that sort of experience.
"Obviously Liverpool have done it with Steven Gerrard. I think it's a great idea, almost going in as a consultant – talk to those players maybe once or twice a week.
"How many sessions has Frank Lampard been involved in? Every day for 21 years he's been playing football – that's a lot of coaching sessions under top managers.
"His knowledge is unbelievable. So whoever it is has to try and tap into that, but undoubtedly he might chose to go down a media career, he might have other interests."
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