Frank Lampard never saw eye to eye with Cesc Fabregas on the pitch.
And the Chelsea legend has revealed that the Blues released him to accommodate the arrival of the World Cup winner from Barcelona.
Lampard insists Blues chiefs feared that he would not get on well with Fabregas after several on-pitch feuds.
It was announced that the former England international would leave the club in June 2014 — Fabregas arrived at Stamford Bridge nine days later.
Lampard went on to join MLS side New York City but returned to the Premier League in a brief spell with Man City.
Speaking about his departure, Lampard told BT Sport: “We never played together! They let me go to get Cesc in.
“Me and Cesc never really got on well on the pitch so they didn’t think we could share a dressing room.”
The feud is believed to stretch back to the 2007 League Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea.
Fabregas dragged Lampard away by the neck after the England midfielder had confronted Kolo Toure after another incident.
A mass brawl followed and it seems neither of the pair forgot about the other’s actions.
Shame, you can’t help but think the pair would have combined for a fair few goals…