Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is interested in bringing Chelsea legend Frank Lampard back to the club as manager if Maurizio Sarri departs after the Europa League final, with Juventus emerging as a potential destination for the Italian.
Lampard has now revealed plans to sit down with Derby owner Mel Morris after Monday’s play-off final against Aston Villa.
Responding to rumours linking him with a return to Chelsea, Lampard said: “I find it difficult. They have a manager in Sarri who is trying to get them to win that final.
“If I say it’s because we’re in the final and being talked about, we’ve have a good year, then I get linked because of 13 years at Chelsea, I understand it – but I don’t want to think about it.
“We have a really difficult game. My focus is on us on Monday. I want to get this over the line for us.
“When I started out in management people said the dream must be to be Chelsea manager. It is an easy link. My dream is to do as well as I can day-in, day-out to try to be successful. I can’t call that one. Those things happen or they don’t.”
“I have two years left on my contract here and I see no further than Monday,” Lampard added. “I will sit down with Mel after Monday, that was planned, firstly to discuss the result, because that will be defining for how club goes forwards.
“I’m really open with Mel and he’s open with me. I’d like to say now that we would always have a relationship of sorts because, at the end of the day, he gave me my opportunity to manage this massive club. I will always be thankful for that.
“I think the talks will be crucial both ways because the club needs to move forward. I want to know where we are at and the quicker we know that the better because there’s work to be done either way.
“Moving forward is big to me. The last thing I want is for next year to be saying we are really struggling for personnel.”