Carvalho reacts to Frank Lampard's decision to join Manchester City

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Ricardo Carvalho would prefer to see legendary midfielder in Chelsea blue rather than City sky blue.

A Chelsea mainstay for 13 years, Frank Lampard secured legendary status by virtue of 211 club-level goals and for playing his part in helping the West London club win a hat-trick of Premier League crowns, four FA Cup titles, a Champions League trophy and a Europa League winners medal.

Earlier this summer the football veteran, now 36, signed for New York City FC on a two-year deal but, within a fortnight, was loaned out to Manchester City - a rival of Chelsea's - on a half-season basis.

Reacting to the switch, a former team-mate of Lampard's at Chelsea, Ricardo Carvalho, said: "I'm a supporter of Chelsea, I like Chelsea - they're strong. Of course I would prefer to see him in a Chelsea shirt rather than a City shirt but you have to respect his decision."

He reiterated: "He's a great friend of mine and a great person as well. I will wait and see how he does but like I said, I'd prefer to see him back at Chelsea rather than City."

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Legendary centre back Carvalho, also 36, spent six seasons at Stamford Bridge and drew comparisons to Franco Baresi due to his intelligent play.

He now represents AS Monaco.

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