Lampard urges Chelsea fans to stop abusive chants

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'I don't want to hear those songs' - Lampard hits out at offensive Chelsea chants.

Chelsea coach Frank Lampard has appealed for his side's supporters not to chant offensive songs in games.

The coach made his appeal after watching his side continue their pre-season preparations with a 4-3 win away to Reading on Sunday.

However, a section of Chelsea fans sang an offensive song about supporters of London rivals, West Ham United, where Lampard began his career.

"I didn't hear the song in question and of course, if there's a song in the modern day or any day that has offensive words, I don't want to hear that," said Lampard after the game.

"We don't want songs with offensive words. If the fans could sing other songs, then I'll back that. The club are very clear with the work we do off the pitch about anything that's offensive or prejudiced and we've made a big mark on that in modern years," he added.

Lampard said he was content with his side's preparations ahead of the start of the season in just under a fortnight and added that he was optimistic that French international midfielder N'Golo Kante would be ready for their opening day fixture away to Manchester United on August 11th.

"I am hopeful he will be ready... He's dipped into training with us in the last couple of days. There's still a lot more he needs to do physically without us. But the signs are good."

"I'll have to assess next week whether we throw him straight in. He has a natural base of fitness but there's 50- or 60-odd games to come this season. We have to be slightly careful," he commented.

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