ENGLAND midfielder Frank Lampard will put his own future aside in a bid to secure a family double in Moscow tonight.
Lampard, whose mother Pat died in between their two semi-final legs against Liverpool, was at Wembley on Saturday to see uncle Harry Redknapp lift the FA Cup with Portsmouth.
Redknapp’s wife Sandra was Pat’s twin sister and the whole family were left devastated by her untimely death last month.
“It was a great day for the family and Harry in his career. He deserved that for what he has given to the game.
“I was fully supporting him on Saturday and I’m sure he and all the Redknapp family will be supporting me. I hope we can make it a family double.”
Lampard’s personal grief over the loss of his mother was there for all to see as raw emotion when he scored a decisive extra-time penalty against Liverpool.
Lampard kissed a black armband he had worn under his shirt and was reduced to tears in the corner of the ground as he celebrated with his team-mates.
But the reflective England star says lifting the trophy in the Luzhniki Stadium tomorrow would “top anything” he achieved in the semi-final.
“That was a big moment for me,” he admitted. “Tomorrow is a defining moment for a lot of players in our team. Some have won the Champions League. A lot of us haven’t.
“I want to be part of a winning team tomorrow. It is not about it being a defining moment for me. My defining moment will be if I can be among my team-mates, the squad and the staff by lifting the cup. That would top anything I did in the semi-final.”
Lampard’s contract situation is conjuring up more speculation, almost daily, but the midfielder is determined to stay with the Blues.
The latest club to be linked with a summer move for Lampard are Inter Milan but Lampard declared: “I’m very happy at Chelsea. It has been the best days of my career.
“I say it time and time again that it will be sorted out in the summer. Now is not the time.”
Lampard believes their three semi-final defeats in recent years has made them even more hungry.
“We’ve been very close to this final many times and that’s made us more hungry. Now we’re here we’re savouring the build-up. You know that a losing finalist is pretty much forgotten in the history stakes.
“I don’t think anything should or can influence you to play harder in a Champions League final.
“For Chelsea as a club it is a nice factor that our owner is Russian. He has given us the chance to be here.”
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