Jose Mourinho says he will have no problem coming up against Frank Lampard when Chelsea travel to Manchester City next month.
The Blues' legend secured a surprising loan move to Eastlands from new parent club New York City after being released by Chelsea in the summer.
That raises the possibility that Chelsea's all-time record goalscorer, the man who led the side to two European triumphs, could do the unthinkable and line-up against his former club.
But Blues boss Mourinho has no issue at all with this.
“He is a free agent, he can choose his club,” said the Chelsea manager. “It is no problem at all.
“Would I like to play against him? My team? No problem. What's the problem? When he comes to Stamford Bridge he is welcome.”
"We had some conversations and so did my dad,” Lampard added.
“I think my dad spoke to Harry (Redknapp) quite a lot. But it wasn't really an option for me.
"I had 13 years at Chelsea and it's something very dear to me so it would have been difficult to play for a club so close.”