Frank Lampard has revealed he has spoken to former Aston Villa striker Tammy Abraham after Chelsea confirmed the signing of Timo Werner.
Abraham, who fired Villa to promotion from the Championship last season with 26 goals, has found the net 16 times since returning to Stamford Bridge.
But the England international will face competition from Werner next season after a deal to sign the forward from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig was announced on Thursday.
Speaking ahead of Abraham’s return to Villa Park on Sunday, Lampard confirmed discussions have taken place and said he will be pleased to have another option.
“I have spoken to Tammy before about competition,” Lampard told football.london. “I don’t have to address every player if another one comes in. It’s how it has been in the Abramovich era.
“He has been fantastic this season. He has to sustain and improve because at Chelsea we have demands. I am happy to have options and competitions for places.”
The Chelsea manager added: “Timo’s talent, humility and work ethic is one thing that stood out when I talked to him.
“I think he is clearly a player we liked. I have certainly followed him for a while just as a talented player before I took this job. He will strengthen us, he is a huge talent who had a fantastic season.”
Dean Smith wanted to retain Abraham’s services for this season and although a deal wasn’t possible, the 22-year-old paid tribute to Villa ahead of this weekend’s clash.
“Last season when I knew I was going out on loan, my plan was to remain in the Premier League but it didn’t happen that way,” he said in an interview last week.
“Thankfully I went to a good club like Aston Villa. I could build that confidence back and do my thing there and we had a really good season.”