Frank Lampard is close to being appointed as Chelsea boss after he was given permission by Derby County to speak with the Blues.
In an interview he granted in 2016, Lampard revealed his desire to be a Chelsea manager one day.
Questioned about his desire to move into management, Lampard told Sky Sports in 2016: “A period earlier in my career I really fancied it and then I thought: ‘You know what, I really don’t fancy the managerial thing’. Now I’m more back on to it.
“The problem is I’ve got to get my badges and the hard thing for me is to have time to do it, and also when I’m playing I never really want to do the badges because then I think my eyes on that and I wanted to concentrate on playing.
“As soon as I finish I’d like to take it up and maybe be a manager. But it’s hard because I only want the Chelsea job.”
Lampard also suggested he would like the experience of cutting his teeth in the lower leagues first.
“I really respect managers who go the right way about it,” Lampard added.
“Only if I was good enough, and it was right, and they wanted me, and it’s the right time then yeah of course [I’d want the Chelsea job]. I’m a Chelsea man, whether you’re a Chelsea man or not it’s one of the pinnacle jobs in football.
“It might be a different route for me. It might take me a while to get there but of course the dream would be to manage Chelsea one day.”