‘It happens’: Rio Ferdinand reveals why he stopped talking with Frank Lampard after leaving West Ham

“When he went to Chelsea and I went to Manchester United, we didn’t speak. It wasn’t a conversation or a fallout.

“He was focused on winning as many trophies as possible and I was as well. It happens. Some relationships stay the same.”

The pair did reconcile last year when Lampard, Everton manager at the time, joined Ferdinand for an episode of Between The Lines on BT Sport, discussing the intricacies of modern day management.

“We were OK,” Lampard recalled on the pair’s grounding with the Hammers and how they were managed. “You came through the same academy, we were expectant of a hammering after a bad game or a training performance.”

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