Frank Lampard has admitted he considered joining Jose Mourinho at Inter in the summer of 2008.
The Portuguese had just been appointed as manager of the Italian outfit and identified the midfielder as somebody who could strengthen his squad.
Lampard chose to stay with Chelsea but has now revealed that he was tempted by the prospect of a move to Italy.
“At the time, if I am honest about it, I did have thoughts about going to Inter,” Lampard said in the Daily Star.
“It was a difficult time for me in my life. Things had happened for me personally and everybody knows how I feel about Jose Mourinho.
“It was never a case of wanting to leave Chelsea to go to a team in England – that would be impossible for me.”
Lampard has no regrets about his decision to stay at Stamford Bridge and thinks he will spend the rest of his career there.
“I’d like to finish my career here now, but then I didn’t know what I wanted,” he added:
“I thought maybe it was something I could, but it is the best thing I have done, not going to Inter.
“I’ll never forget what my mum and my dad said to me at the time, ‘Don’t forget when you walk away from the ground everyone is singing your name, don’t forget what these people have given to a West Ham boy moving across London’.
“That kind of thing made me think and I am positive that I made the right decision.”