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RANIERI WANTS ENGLAND STARS

The former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri has said that he wants to bring David Beckham and Frank Lampard to the French club Monaco, who are currently playing in the second division of French football.

Despite playing in the second division, they are backed by the Russian billionaire who is prepared to spend a lot of money on players. This coupled with the tax-free heaven that is Monaco has meant that the club has become a great attraction to several players. David Beckham recently became a free agent after revealing that he will not be signing a new contract with LA Galaxy.

Meanwhile, the Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who was brought to the West London club back in 2001 by Claudio Ranieri, is also out of contract at the end of the season. The Italian has said that he is a very big fan of both these players and would like to have them at Monaco next season. The second division club are expected to be promoted to the French league in the season. They are currently second in the Ligue 2 table 3 points behind the leaders Nantes. Frank Lampard will bring his 11 year association with the West London outfit at the end of the season after the club has not yet offered him a new deal.

"Oh, it would be fantastic. He could perform well in Ligue 1 - why not? Frank could play in every country. Oh he is the same - he is a big champion. He would be a good professional player for us. I like all the champions and he is a champion. Look, I think that my chairman wants young people. Young players to develop that can get better together over time," said the former Chelsea manager in a recent interview given about his transfer targets.