Chelsea will make a formal approach for Frank Lampard soon now that the Blues have agreed a compensation fee with Juventus for Maurizio Sarri.
Despite doubts over his lack of managerial experience, Lampard is favourite to replace Sarri as Chelsea boss.
Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes Lampard might never have the chance to become Chelsea boss in future if he turns down the chance to become Chelsea boss now.
Redknapp also believes Lampard will work night and day to deliver success for the club.
Redknapp said, according to The Sun: “Now’s the time. If Frank gets offered it, it’s all about timing. I know you can turn it down but it may never come again.
“He’s ready, he knows the game, he’s a very clever guy, a bright boy. It’s all about players, good players.
“He has this determination to be successful, nothing is going to stop him. He is very single minded and he’ll work all day and night to achieve that.
“If he comes to Chelsea it’s going to be hard, they’ve got a transfer embargo but there’s lots of good young talent there.
“Hazard is a massive loss obviously, but I still think there are lots of good players here everyone is talking about as being fantastic – Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount. He loves Mount.
“He knows the kids, if Jody Morris comes here with him, he’ll know the kids. We will see whether the young players they’ve got here that everyone talks about are good enough, because he would give them a chance.
“They keep going out on loan and doing well, stick them in and let’s see what they can do. I think there’s every chance that Frank would do that.
“Let them play, get out and play, let’s see what they can do – who knows. It could be a blessing in disguise, it could be a good thing for Chelsea all these young kids coming in with lots of energy, who love the club who have come through the youth policy.
“Who knows what they would do here? It’ll be exciting.”
Redknapp added: “I rung the (Derby) chairman to tell him to give Frank the job.
“I wouldn’t be in a position to do that at Chelsea because I don’t know the people. But I was very close with Mel Morris, who lives near me.
“So when the job came up I rung him. To be honest, at first he wasn’t really interested and said ‘Oh no, I need experience’.
“After about ten minutes of me battering him on the phone, I said ‘meet him, and when you meet him he’s unbelievable’.
“So he met him, and he rung me straight after the meeting to say he’d given him the job because he was so fantastic.
“I’m sorry for Mel Morris and Derby, he has been great with Frank and Derby is a real good club.
“But Frank is a legend at Chelsea, the fans would absolutely love having him back here. This place would erupt the first day he comes back.
“I was here when Derby played Chelsea and the home crowd sung his name for 90 minutes, it was unbelievable.
“He has been here done it, what hasn’t he done for Chelsea? No-one can question what he’s done or what he’s been. And he knows the game.
“There are no secrets in the game, you just need a bit of common sense and good players.
“And if he can get the best out of them kids and get the blend right, I’m sure it can be a good team.
“If the players train half as hard as he did; he’s the best trainer I have ever seen in my life, I have never seen anything like it.
“He was incredible at the training ground, every day practice, practice, practice. If the kids here do the same and take that on board it can only benefit them.”
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