Frank Lampard admits that team-mate John Terry has a big decision to make as he contemplates a move to Manchester City.
Chelsea skipper Terry is yet to commit himself to the club as he ponders a big-money switch to Eastlands.
Lampard, who came close to linking up with former boss Jose Mourinho at Inter last summer, says Terry shouldn’t be criticised for considering his options.
He told The Times: “I don’t know what he will do. I’ve been in John’s position, but everyone at the club wants him to stay. I had an option to leave last summer, to go with a manager who I love, but it came at a time in my life that, maybe, just wasn’t right.
“But the situation made me think an awful lot. It wasn’t an easy decision, either, and I don’t think people should criticise John. People should respect his right to choose.”
City are reported to have offered Terry a £200,000 a week deal, but Lampard insists if Terry does move it won’t be for the money.
He added: “When you’re a successful player this kind of thing is going to happen and then you have to make a decision. John’s a very honourable man and it doesn’t come down to money and things like that.
“I know John. I know he’ll be thinking about what’s the right thing to do as a player and, in the longer term, for his career. This is not just about the money and people shouldn’t try to make it that black and white.”