Former Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole is enjoying his time at the club, having returned on a temporal ambassadorial role.
The former England international retired from active football at the end of last season, before following Lampard to Chelsea.
Cole spent eight seasons as a Chelsea player before departing in 2014 but has stayed close to the club throughout that period.
He worked under Lampard at Derby County last season and joined the Chelsea team for their preseason tour of Japan, where he met fans and spent time with the coaching staff and the players.
"It’s good being back in the Chelsea family, I’m buzzing to see Lamps get the job. To be around the guys has been great, and it’s nice to see Mason and Fikayo involved having played with them at Derby last year," he said as quoted by the club's website.
"We have been reminiscing a bit, with Petr too, and it’s been a really good trip. I’ve been calling Lamps the gaffer, it’s only a couple of months since he was my boss but to me, he’s Lamps again now!" he added.
It has been eye-opening for the former left-back to see what happens on tour from a different perspective from that he is used to.
"As a player I didn’t like pre-season at all but the lads have been working hard and look like they are enjoying themselves," he added.
Cole is one of the 'old boys' squad that has returned to the club for the upcoming season, with Petr Cech and Jody Morris having returned and take up coaching responsibilities.
The team has returned to London for final preparations ahead of the new 2019/20 season.