Chelsea boss Lampard insists he'll never give fringe players silent treatment

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists he'll never give any of his players the silent treatment.

Lampard hints some players are unhappy being left out, but is determined to keep an open dialogue.

"When you have a squad of 20-plus players, which is what you have to have, you have to fight as much as you can to do the job right," he told the Chelsea website. "When you are trying to select squads and teams as you go through the season, you are trying to do it honestly and you front it up with the players.

"Even though they can be some difficult conversations, I think they respect that, particularly modern players. In years gone by, managers may have dropped players out and told them to get on with it in that old-school kind of way but I try to be as open and as honest with as many players as I can be.

"It's not always easy. I can't speak to everybody every week but I don't mind it and actually, when you have those conversations, it helps you build the relationship for good or for bad.

"If you are being honest and players don't like it, I have to accept that to a point but next time you speak to them or they do come back in, then you have a little extra dimension to how you have spoken to them or they have fed back to you.

"I think it's important you have that open dialogue. I try to have it as much as I can and that is part of the job."