Pep Guardiola once sent Frank Lampard a "special" voice note after his Chelsea side faced Manchester United at the start of his managerial reign.
Lampard replaced Maurizio Sarri in the dugout at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2019 and faced a trip to United in his first league match in charge.
His young Blues side were beaten 4-0, but remained in the game for large periods before falling to defeat.
Lampard was unable to make any additions to his Chelsea side due to a transfer ban and was largely reliant on returning loanees and academy graduates to beef up his squad.
Three days after the defeat at Old Trafford, Chelsea were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup final.
However, Lampard then received a private voice note message from the Manchester City manager, which he revealed to Gary Neville on the Overlap Extra.
"He’s so great with managers, Pep, behind the scenes the things he does with the LMA, helping other managers. He’s sent me voice notes," explained Lampard when discussing which manager he would most like to play for.
"I don't like giving away private conversations but in my first game as Chelsea manager we lost at Man United 4-0. We played well for 60 minutes, then got done on the counter, then bang, bang, 2, 3, it was 4-0.
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“Then we lost to Liverpool in the Super Cup. Played well, lost on penalties… I was on the plane on the way back from the game, a little bit disheartened.
“Got a voice note from him, saying the way my team played was incredible, loved watching it, really positive chat. The voice note deleted itself though.
“I wanted to get home and say, ‘listen to this, Pep said I’m a good manager’. Little touches like that, make an impression on you.
"Sometimes you get caught up in your own world and don’t see things. He’s doing the business and sends you a voice note like that, it was special.”
Lampard faced Guardiola three times as Chelsea boss, losing twice and winning once, with the 2-1 victory in June 2020 confirming Liverpool as Premier League champions at City's expense.
The former England international left Chelsea in January this year, though, and has yet to return to management since.
He was strongly linked with Norwich City earlier this month but reportedly turned the Canaries down before they appointed Dean Smith.
Lampard was also understood to have been interviewed by Aston Villa but ultimately missed out to Steven Gerrard.
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