Frank Lampard says Swansea City loan was 'a great learning curve'
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says he did a lot of growing up during a loan spell at Swansea City as a youngster.
The England star, 34, says his time with the Swans as a 17-year-old was a "great learning curve" after West Ham boss Harry Rednapp sent him to Swansea on loan from October 1995 to January 1996.
“Whenever I see Swansea, you always have a bit of a place in your heart for certain clubs you have been involved in. I always look for their result, and am pleased to see them doing very well," he said.
“It was a great learning curve for me. It was a real boy chucked into a man’s world. It was about a stage of growing up.
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“I like to think I have kept that ethic throughout my career. That’s why I want to stay in the game, playing as many games as I can because of that feel of playing, enjoying my football.
“Harry Redknapp sent me down there. It helped me grow up a lot. I was rooming with Robbie Dennison, the winger who used to play for Wolves who was on loan there.
“We had two single beds. He was 35, and I was 17, other ends of our careers. It was quite interesting. I didn’t really know what to say to him when I lay in bed at night!
“He had two kids and I wanted to go out! But that grounding certainly helped me. That was the whole point of Harry sending me there.
“I never get carried away with myself and have kept my feet grounded. That’s what has helped me going on to 34, hopefully more, playing for Chelsea and England.”