Report: Chelsea Hold Initial Talks With Lampard

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According to reports, Chelsea have held initial talks with club legend Frank Lampard over the possibility of succeeding Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager.

Sarri only joined Chelsea last year but is on the verge of taking over the manager’s job at Juventus after just one season at Stamford Bridge in which he guided Chelsea to success in the Europa League and third place in the Premier League.

Sarri is understood to have informed the Chelsea board of his intention to join Juventus during a meeting and the Blues will demand a compensation fee of £5 million from Juventus.

Chelsea seem uncertain on who will take over from Sarri if he leaves and top members of the board are said to hold reservations over Lampard’s suitability given his lack of managerial experience with just one season at Derby under his belt.

Chelsea shareholder Hasan Nagoor seems to have confirmed the departure of Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri as he said farewell to the Italian on Instagram.

Nagoor, who owns a box at Stamford Bridge and set up the official supporters’ club in Saudi Arabia, is often pictured with players at the Stadium, and he posted a photo in his Instagram page, hinting that Sarri’s departure from Stamford Bridge is imminent.

Frank Lampard’s Derby County narrowly missed out on promotion after leading an exciting young Rams squad to the play-off final where they lost narrowly to an Aston Villa side in the Play-off final.

Lampard has refused to be carried away by Chelsea links and distanced himself from the job before the play-off final.

Lampard said ahead of the defeat at Wembley: “It’s been a bit of an obvious link all season. If I say it is maybe because of where we’re at in the final, and we’re being talked about, and we’ve had a good year, and then I get linked because of my 13 years at the club. I understand the link.

“But in terms of how I’m seeing it, I don’t want to think about it. I want to talk about Monday, I want to work with the team, I want to get this over the line for us.

“I’ve got two years left on my contract here and I see no further than Monday. I will sit down with Mel after the game, which was planned before all this [Chelsea] talk anyway, to see firstly what the result was on Monday, because that’s going to be defining how we chat, and to see where the club goes forward. It’s as simple as that.”

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