Rio Ferdinand reveals why he stopped speaking to Frank Lampard despite pair coming through ranks together at West Ham

RIO FERDINAND has admitted he “didn’t speak” to Frank Lampard after they both left West Ham.

And it wasn’t an argument that saw them stop talking, but instead the regular pursuit of silverware at Manchester United and Chelsea.

News Group Newspapers LtdFrank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand played together at West Ham[/caption]

GettyFerdinand later joined Manchester United, via Leeds[/caption]

EPALampard left West Ham in 2001 to sign for Chelsea[/caption]

The pair broke into the Hammers’ first-team together before moving on to pastures new.

It was Ferdinand who left first, initially to Leeds in 2000, and then to United two years later.

Lampard meanwhile made the move across London to Chelsea in 2001.

Speaking on BT Sport about competing against friends, Ferdinand said: “It does [impact your friendships]. 

“It is well documented Frank Lampard and I grew up together at 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.”


Ferdinand won six Premier League titles, the Champions League and three League Cups during his time at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile Lampard won the Champions League, three Prem titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and the Europa League with the Blues.

Ferdinand and Lampard continued to play together for England, making 81 and 106 caps for the Three Lions, respectively.

But Ferdinand admitted going their separate ways at club level saw a breakdown in their relationship.

Lampard and Ferdinand continued to play alongside each other for EnglandPA:Empics SportFerdinand has moved into punditry after hanging up his bootsRexAPLampard has spent time as boss of Derby County, Chelsea and Everton after retiring as a player[/caption]