According to reports, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard could be set to replace Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea boss at the end of the season. It has also been claimed Lampard could be appointed as Chelsea boss this season if the club sacks Sarri before the end of the season.
Lampard has impressed as Derby boss with his team just one point off the playoff spots with a game in hand.
Lampard has been hailed for the attractive brand of football his Derby team has played this season and his Derby team even knocked out Manchester United out of the EFL Cup early in the season.
Lampard has now responded to reports linking him with replacing Sarri as Chelsea boss by insisting such rumours don’t affect him.
Speaking about links to the Chelsea job, Lampard told Derby supporters at a fans’ forum on Wednesday: “Does it affect me? Absolutely not because I have a three-year contract here.
“I am planning for pre-season, I am planning recruitment in the summer, and planning before that getting promoted, if we can.
“Having played for Chelsea for 13 years, and the link I have with them will go on forever.
“It possibly means if Chelsea have their moments, which we all know they have had there, then I am an easy link.
“So was Zinedine Zidane before he took the Real Madrid job.”
Asked whether the rumours could affect his Derby team, Lampard added: “In terms of the players, my opinion is it absolutely affects nothing because it doesn’t change anything in the way I work.
“It is bits of rumour here and there, it affects nothing. It doesn’t affect the players.
“If it does, they are wrong because they should be worrying about themselves first, how they affect the team, how they train and how they play.
“I can tell you my pure focus is on the club and doing what I can do here.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has made a decision on his future. According to Daily Mail, the 18-year-old has decided to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season because he isn’t happy with the amount of game time he has received in the Premier League under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.
Hudson-Odoi has played just 50 minutes in the Premier League since he submitted a transfer request to move to Bayern Munich in January.
Manchester United, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are also interested in the youngster.