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Chelsea have a Carabao Cup fourth round meeting with Derby County at Stamford Bridge slated for October 31.

Derby who are managed by Chelsea legend Frank Lampard defeated Manchester United in the third round to get to this stage of the competition.

Chelsea youngsters Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have made a big impact since joining Derby on a season-long loan and helped defeat Manchester United in September.

Derby needed Chelsea’s consent to feature the duo for the Carabao Cup clash, and while it was rumoured that Chelsea might refuse Lampard’s wishes, the club actually gave Derby the go ahead to feature Mount and Tomori.

Chelsea released a statement thus: ““Chelsea Football Club has today granted Derby County permission to select loanees Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori for next week’s Carabao Cup fourth-round fixture.

“Unlike in the Premier League, EFL Cup rules allow for clubs in the competition to make such agreements for players to appear against their parent clubs.

“Mount and Tomori have been regulars for the Rams under Frank Lampard this season, and, after beating Manchester United at Old Trafford in the previous round, we believe the experience of facing top-level opposition once more will be of benefit to their ongoing development at Derby.”

Lampard has now thanked the club for their “classy” decision.

“It’s very pleasing,” Lampard said at his press conference ahead of Saturday’s Championship fixture against Middlesbrough.

“I’m pleased for the lads themselves because young Chelsea lads, their dream is to play at Stamford Bridge.

“Probably not for Derby but they’ve given us great service. We all respect they are Chelsea lads and their end-game is to play for the club.

“I have to completely say thank you to Chelsea because it was their call, their decision. I think they’ve seen the big picture. I’m very thankful, they didn’t have to do that and I think it’s a classy move from them.”

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