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Frank Lampard is expected to be named the new Chelsea manager in the next 48 hours, with the Blues given permission to speak to Lampard by Derby County.
Lampard was excused from Derby’s pre-season training on Monday so he could have time to seal his move to Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea are hopeful of confirming him as their new manager this week before pre-season kicks off.
Lampard is being hailed as the one who will mostly give youth a chance at Stamford Bridge after the success of Chelsea youngsters Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori under his custody last season.
And now, reports claim Lampard will oversee a massive change at Chelsea by merging the academy with the first team.
According to The Telegraph, Lampard is planning to focus heavily on youth development at Stamford Bridge and wants to give the Chelsea youngsters a real chance to break into the first-team. Lampard plans to achieve this by giving the youngsters more attention and mixing them with the senior team.
Lampard has already agreed a three-year deal with Chelsea worth £4 million yearly and the Blues have negotiated a compensation package with Derby.
Lampard is expected to be named Chelsea manager in the coming hours and all eyes are on how the Chelsea legend will fare next season.
During his time as Derby boss, Lampard worked with former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris and former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given and he was hoping to bring the duo to Stamford Bridge. But according to Football insider via Daily Star, Given has snubbed the chance to follow Lampard to Stamford Bridge.
Given will seek to remain at Derby County, while Morris will follow Lampard to Stamford Bridge as his no.2 man. Chris Jones will also follow Lampard to Chelsea from Derby.