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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is favourite to replace Juventus-bound Maurizio Sarri.
According to The Times, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has called up Lampard about becoming the next Chelsea boss with the club now set to make an official approach for Lampard this week.
The report claims Lampard agreed to become Chelsea boss after Abramovich assured him that he will be allowed at least two seasons to prove his worth.
Lampard played for Luiz Felipe Scolari, Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo (none of whom lasted a season at Chelsea) and will be hoping Abramovich keeps to his promise by giving him time to find his feet at Stamford Bridge.
But the expectation remains that Lampard will finish in the top four and deliver Champions League football for 2020-21.
Chelsea are yet to agree a compensation with Derby for Lampard but expect to use the compensation fee the club will receive from Juventus for Maurizio Sarri to secure Lampard’s release from his Derby contract.
Lampard gave youth a chance at Derby and Abramovich is expecting the same from the club legend when he becomes Chelsea boss.
The Chelsea board and fans were angry at Sarri’s reluctance to trust Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi last season.
Returning loan starlets Reece James, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and striker Tammy Abraham are expected to get their chance to shine under Lampard next season.
When his appointment is confirmed, Lampard is expected to be supported by fellow Chelsea old boy Jody Morris and ex-Newcastle keeper Shay Given. Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has been reportedly offered a coaching role and there are doubts John Terry, who is assistant manager at Aston Villa, will return to the club with Lampard.