The tabloid journalists have been unable to accept that the 33-year-old is simply a squad player at Stamford Bridge and the stories have been further fuelled by Lampard’s revelation that he’s been offered no explanation regarding his bench-warming.
However, Villas-Boas claims that he has a great working relationship with the midfielder and that there is no question of Lampard leaving Stamford Bridge.
“Our relationship is fantastic,” said Villas-Boas. “Frank is a player who is not available at any price.
“He is not ‘in and out in rotation’. There is no such thing here. We decide on an XI which is strong for a particular game, and that can help us in the strategy to win that game.
“Frank has been decisive in the last couple of games [against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Portsmouth] with the timing of his arrival in the box to solve problems for the team. Has he spoken to me about it? We speak every day. We see each other every day.”
Lampard is likely to start against Sunderland on Saturday, although it appears that the midfielder will continue to be left out for some of the so-called bigger games this season.