Derby Chairman Hopes Lampard Will Snub Chelsea

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is set to become Chelsea manager after a good season in his first year as a manager, as he did well with Championship side Derby County.

Lampard still has a contract with Derby County, but the Rams confirmed on Tuesday that they have given Lampard permission to talk to Chelsea.

The Rams said in a statement on their official website: “Derby County Football Club can confirm that they have granted permission for Chelsea Football Club to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge.

“With pre-season fast approaching for both clubs it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions.

“The club will make no further comment until it is appropriate to do so.”

According to a report by The Sun, Lampard will start work as Chelsea manager next week on a three-year deal worth £5.5million a year — the same as predecessor Maurizio Sarri.

However, Derby County chairman Mel Morris has revealed that Lampard to Chelsea isn’t a done deal and he hopes Lampard will snub Chelsea.

Morris told Talksport: “As far as I’m concerned, I’m hoping this guy is going to manage us next season.

“I’m not giving up hope on that at the moment.”

He continued: “When Frank met me for the first time, we talked about this opportunity. We knew at some stage this was going to happen, we just didn’t know when.

“We both probably thought it would be some way off. Let’s face it, that job comes around frequently so from that perspective there was always a risk.

“Right now it’s still not a done deal.”

Morris added: “For Frank Lampard it’s a win-win. He can’t lose in this situation. This is one of the top jobs in football and we have to respect that.”

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