'I joined Derby because of Lampard' – Efe Ambrose admits to 'frustrating' time in England

Efe Ambrose says the presence of Frank Lampard was the reason why he joined Derby County from Hibernian.

The 30-year-old joined the Rams on a short-term deal from the Scottish Premier League side, however, he failed to feature for Lampard’s side before he was let go at the end of the 2018–19 season.

In a chat with Goal, he voiced his frustrations at Pride Park Stadium, claiming his mission to the club was not achieved following continuous snub from the manager he has a lot of respect for.

“I joined Derby County because of Frank Lampard. He has been my hero and I felt it was a chance for me to gather more experience from him,” Ambrose told Goal.

“I had to leave Hibernian where I was a regular to push my career forward and Derby was the right place for me, especially under a manager who has seen it all.”

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Asked if he made any attempt to convince the Chelsea legend to consider him for selection, the defender insisted he had no regrets.

“I’m not that kind of player; I work very hard and leave the coaches to decide. If he [Lampard] felt I was good enough to play, he would have paraded me,” he continued.

“All my life, I have always allowed my football do the talking for me and I’ve always worked on that rather than go about begging to play.

“No regrets not getting a chance to play under Lampard, a manager I respect so much. He brought me in to serve as a cover up and help realise the club’s ambition, unfortunately, I never got a chance.

“I was able to contribute my quota especially during trainings but things didn’t go the way I planned.”

With the expiration of his contract with Derby County, Ambrose has vowed to declare his next move soon, while dismissing any retirement plans.

He added: “No, I’m still very active, strong and will continue playing until the day I can’t move my legs again.

“The most important thing is the next challenge and I’m just a player while my agents will do the talking. When the right time comes, I’ll announce my next move.”