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Lampard says Chelsea link is “irrelevant”

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The Derby County coach has insisted he still has a two-year contract as he will have another year to fight for promotion to the Premier League.

Derby County failed to get promoted to the English Premier League, as the team was defeated 2-1 by Aston Villa in the Championship Playoffs Final.

And Derby’s manager has been linked with jobs in the Premier League, including replacing Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.

But today, Frank Lampard has said he still has a two-year contract with the Rams, and this is the only thing in his mind.

“No. It’s irrelevant. I spoke to Mel [Morris, Derby owner] three days before this game and said we’ll sit down and talk, and that any talk around that is irrelevant,” he told The Standard.

“I’ve got a two-year contract here, I’ve loved working here, and I want to continue that, I want to continue progressing with the club.”

“I have to say, after my first year, and the opportunity that this club gave me, it’s massively important that everyone understands that,” he added.

“That’s my overriding feeling. That’s where I am.”

He explained: “I go away tonight, I’m going to have a couple of beers with the lads and the staff and everyone who’s worked so hard this year.”

“Afterwards, we’ll talk about where we go forward.”

“The squad does break up a bit, naturally, the loans go, whether we can get any of them back remains to be seen and a lot of players are out of contract,” he said.

“So there’s a lot of work to be done.”

“There’s work in recruitment, big time, to make sure we bring in players to keep moving forward,” Lampard commented.

“With a squad of 12, 13, 14 players, we’re going to need to work on that to stay at the level that we are and to try and move forward. I do want to push on.”