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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is the favourite for the vacant Chelsea manager job after a good season in his first year as a manager, as he did well with Championship side Derby County.
Maurizio Sarri quit the Chelsea job at the end of the season and joined Italian champions Juventus.
Many past players of Chelsea and even past Blues managers are backing Lampard to be given the job, and now former Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany has also backed Lampard to become the next Chelsea manager.
Lampard spent a season playing alongside the Manchester City veteran after leaving Chelsea in the summer of 2014, and Kompany believes Lampard is the right man for the job.
Speaking at his presentation as Anderlecht’s new player-manager on Tuesday, Kompany told reporters: “Sign him up. He is the man!
“Not only is Frank a great guy but someone who I learned so much from at a stage in my career. He was a bit older when he joined Manchester City and Frank was an incredible professional.
“What he brought at the time, he stepped the level up for everyone else so I know the impact of Frank Lampard on a team and I’m trying to have the same impact when it comes as an older player for Anderlecht.
“He’s up there with the most intelligent players so it’s a natural match with Chelsea, I completely support him.”
Derby County have now given Lampard permission to talk to Chelsea as the Blues are working towards his appointment.
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.”