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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has reportedly signed a three year contract to become Chelsea’s new boss and the deal is reportedly worth around £4 million yearly.
According to The Telegraph, one of Lampard’s first moves as Chelsea boss will be to allow the academy players to mix with the senior professionals at the Cobham training complex.
The report also claims Lampard will also instruct the youth coaches to vary training times, so that he can watch either after or before working with the first team.
For the first time since Andre Villas-Boas was appointed and split the first team and academy, youngsters will eat with the first team and use their gym. Previously, academy players have been restricted to their own building.
Such a move would mark a considerable change from previous boss Maurizio Sarri, who chose not to watch a single academy training session or attend any under-23 games during his 12-month spell at the club.
Lampard was excused from reporting for the start of pre-season training by Derby on Monday and Tuesday, as he finalised his return to Chelsea.
The Derby statement said: “Derby County FC have excused Frank Lampard from reporting back for pre-season training on Monday and Tuesday to allow his discussions regarding a potential move to Chelsea to be concluded as soon as possible.
“The first few days of pre-season training will be focused on fitness training and will continue as planned under the guidance of the fitness, medical, conditioning and sports science teams at the club’s Training Centre.
“On the assumption that Frank will reach an agreement with Chelsea to become their new manager, the club shall step up its efforts to find a replacement manager.”