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Since the departure of Maurizio Sarri to Juventus, there have been talks linking Chelsea legend Frank Lampard to return to Stamford Bridge and take over the vacant Chelsea manager’s job.
Lampard is the favourite for the job after a good season in his first year as a manager, as he did well with Championship side Derby County.
Chelsea have lingered on to appoint Lampard as he still has a contract with Derby County, but now the Rams have revealed 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.”
Lampard spent 13 years with Chelsea as a player and left the club as a legend in 2014, collecting countless major honours along the way – including three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, a Champions League and Europa League crown.
All past Chelsea players have backed Lampard to become the new Blues boss, and former Chelsea and Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has revealed Lampard may end up regretting turning down the manager’s job at Chelsea if that is what he decides to do.
“I think it’s a great move for both parties,” Bosnich told talkSPORT.
“From a Chelsea perspective, the fact they’re banned for two transfer windows and have lost their best player in Eden Hazard, it may not be a smooth ride for them.
“But having a club legend will give them some breathing space.
“And for Frank, it’s a fantastic move.
“It’s a dream job, very few people in the world will be offered this job.
“If he stays with Derby and just say, for example, he loses seven of the first ten games and things aren’t going particularly well, he’ll forever be saying to himself, ‘I should have taken that opportunity’.
“I think it’s a really good move and I really do hope it works out for him.
“I was very close to Frank during my time at Chelsea.
“He not only was a wonderful player, he is a wonderful man as well and I think this will be ideal for him.”