Derby Skipper Not Surprised Chelsea Want Lampard

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri might leave his job this summer just after a year in charge of the Blues, as reports keep linking him with a return to Italy, with Juventus rumoured to be his destination.

If Sarri leaves, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is high on the list to take over the Chelsea job, and the 40-year-old has been strongly linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, five years after leaving the club as a player, legend and one of the greatest players to have featured for the club.

Derby skipper Richard Keogh isn’t surprised Lampard is being linked with the Chelsea job after a successful year in charge of the Rams, and also what he achieved at the club as a player.

Keogh told reporters: “I can’t speak highly enough of the gaffer and working with him in his first season.

“He’s going to have a fantastic career as a manager for sure.

“I think naturally with the speculation that’s going on regarding Sarri, the gaffer is going to get mentioned because of the legendary status he’s got at that football club and obviously he’s doing such a good job with us.”

Keogh believes there is still much for Lampard to achieve with Derby, as he led the Rams to the Championship play-off final in 2018-19, only to suffer a 2-1 defeat against Aston Villa and miss out on a return to the Premier League.

“As far as I know he’s looking forward to next season as much as I am and it would be a shame to see him leave,” Keogh added.

“But in this industry, when you’re doing a good job and you’re Frank Lampard, then you’re going to get linked with jobs. Hopefully he stays. I’ve really enjoyed working with him and he’s really improved the football club and me as a player.”

Lampard’s uncle and former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has revealed that the Chelsea job might just be too big for his nephew, Frank Lampard.

“If Sarri goes I think Frank would be one of the favourites,” Redknapp told talkSPORT.

“Well, he is the favourite, if you look the bookmakers they’ve closed the book on it. He’s a massive odds-on favourite.

“But it’s a difficult one for him. He’s at a good club, Derby is a great club. He’s had one year there and he’s got a good relationship with the chairman, so it would be difficult to leave.

“But if the Chelsea job comes up, will he turn it down? It won’t be easy for him. It’s a big job at Chelsea next year, with the transfer embargo and [potentially] losing Eden Hazard, I mean, my God, how do you replace him? He’s a special player.”

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