Only Chelsea signing Frank Lampard was ‘mad keen on’ confirmed by Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp has lept to the defence of nephew Frank Lampard and insisted he was not behind most of Chelsea’s signings.

The Blues went on a summer spending spree ahead of the 2020/21 season to strenghten their squad.

Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Edouard Mendy were all bought – costing over £200m collectively.

Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr were also snapped up as Chelsea made the most of being back in the market following their transfer ban.

Lampard’s second season as manager, though, hardly went as well as his first and Roman Abramovich made the tough call to dismiss the Chelsea legend this month, replacing him with Thomas Tuchel.

Lampard’s uncle Redknapp knows all about the cruel side to life as a football boss, and points out how deals nowadays are largely out of the manager’s hands.

He suggests of all Chelsea’s big-name summer signings, only left-back Chilwell, bought from Leicester, was one really pushed by Lampard to the board.

Redknapp wrote in his column for The Sun : “Anyone thinking the manager is the one responsible for the big-money signings these days has the wrong idea of modern football. That’s not how it works anymore.

“These days it is pretty much all down to the head of recruitment, which means you are relying on someone else’s judgment.

“Chelsea spent fortunes on new players and as manager you’re under pressure — not only to play them — but for them also to be an instant success.

“When they don’t, like the two Germans Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, then the buck stops with the boss.

“But I’m sure Frank isn’t the one behind all the signings Chelsea have made.

“I’d say the only one he was mad keen on getting was Ben Chilwell. That’s how crazy the game has become.”

Tuchel is now tasked with getting the most from Chelsea’s underperforming team, but it won’t be easy hence their 0-0 draw at home to struggling Wolves in his first Premier League game on Wednesday.

Chelsea are back in action today and host Burnley at Stamford Bridge in the 12pm kick-off.

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