Journalist Throws Light On The Discussion Lampard Had With Abramovich Before Accepting Chelsea Offer

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Frank Lampard was appointed Chelsea manager last Thursday as he signed a three year contract with the club.

Lampard enjoyed a fairly successful season with Derby County last term as he led the Rams to a sixth place finish and the Championship play-off final.

After Maurizio Sarri decided to quit Chelsea and become the manager of Juventus, the obvious choice to replace him was Lampard.

One could wonder why Frank Lampard became Chelsea’s obvious choice. Journalist Duncan Castles has given more light on the discussion Lampard had with the Chelsea board.

According to Castles, Chelsea have guaranteed the club legend they will have patience with him while tipping the club’s homegrown starlets to benefit as a result of the transfer embargo.

“The story that was told to him when the job was offered to him was that he would be allowed time,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.

“This is the opportunity to take advantage of the academy, to take advantage of players that Chelsea have had out on loan for several years and bring them back into the team and integrate them and make them work together.

“It’s obviously a drawback, a major drawback that both Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi have gone down with Achilles tendon ruptures at the end of last season. Unusual injuries in football and some of the hardest ones to recover from.

“So it would have been a lot easier for Lampard if he had what most people regard as the two best of those academy products available to them.”

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