Frank Lampard joined Chelsea in 2011
Lampard agreed a £13m move from West Ham in 2001 – then was followed to Stamford Bridge by Emmanuel Petit, William Gallas and Bolo Zeiden.
The trio were world stars at the time and Lampard admits he couldn’t believe he’d made for the move to Stamford Bridge.
He told Sky Sports: “It felt like I’d moved a long way and it’s not many miles really.
“It felt a huge change from being an Essex boy, living with my mum, to moving to east London.
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“It was a complete change in my own life and I had to change into a man.
“I walked into Stamford Bridge on the day I signed and took photos and all that.
“I realised then I was taking on something big. I realised the size of trophy.
“That year they signed Petit, Gallas and Zenden, which was a bit of a bold move from Chelsea at the time.”
Frank Lampard poses for photographers after signing for Chelsea
Lampard went on to become Chelsea’s record goal scorer and he won three Premier League titles on the way.
But he admits signing for the Blues dealt him with a huge dose of reality – because he was now mixing it with the big boys.
He added: “I went away that summer with my mates and I remember thinking ‘I really need to knuckle down this year, I’ve got to step up, I’ve got £13m on my head.’