Frank Lampard and Chelsea have been allowed to start discussing things as the former player looks to seal a sensational return to Stamford Bridge.
Derby County have allowed Chelsea to open talks with Frank Lampard. For several weeks, Lampard has been linked with a move to Chelsea for the vacant managerial role. Following the departure of Maurizio Sarri, Lampard remains the club’s only preferred candidate.
While initially the likes of Massimiliano Allegri and Diego Simeone were linked to the hotseat, things changed considerably. With a transfer window ban in effect, the aforementioned managers chose not to open discussions.
Frank Lampard on the other hand, has seen his stock rise following a great introduction to football management at Derby County. In his first season, the Chelsea legend nearly guided the Rams to Premier League promotion.
Such displays have convinced the Chelsea board that Lampard is the perfect fit for their team.
While Derby have never really shown any inclination to allow their manager to leave, they have now given Chelsea permission to open talks.
As reported by The Standard, Derby County confirmed the news.
In a statement, Derby said: “Derby County Football Club can confirm that they have granted permission for Chelsea Football Club to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge.
“With pre-season fast approaching for both clubs it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions.
“The club will make no further comment until it is appropriate to do so.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea are also looking to bring back Claude Makelele as a coach while Petr Cech has already been confirmed as the club’s technical and performance advisor.
Should he say yes to the move, Lampard will have a lot of things to tackle. Gianfranco Zola was Sarri’s assistant last season and it remains to be seen if Lampard would want him in the coaching staff.