Jose Mourinho surprised by Frank Lampard's decision to join Manchester City

Jose Mourinho admits that he was surprised to see Frank Lampard join Manchester City on loan following his Chelsea exit in the summer.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he was "not expecting" Frank Lampard to join Manchester City on loan following his departure from Stamford Bridge.

The former England international agreed a six-month loan deal with the English champions in the summer after sealing a free transfer to newly-formed MLS franchise New York City.

The 36-year-old opted to remain in the Premier League in order to keep up his fitness before joining the American club in 2015.

"It's football," Mourinho said in this afternoon's press conference. "If you'd said that four or five years ago, I would have said it was strange.

"Even a few months ago, when he signed for the New York team, I was not expecting this, but it was his decision. It's life.

"When he left for New York, I thought he was going there, but it's his life, his decision, and he has my respect for that."

City manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Lampard will be in the squad to face his former club in Sunday's Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Frank Lampard of Manchester City on the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on September 13, 2014
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