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Official: Chelsea appoint Frank Lampard as manager

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Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of club legend Frank Lampard as their new manager on a three-year deal.

After just one season in charge of Championship side Derby County, Lampard has taken on his dream job as Chelsea manager for next term.

The former midfielder enjoyed a stunning 13-year spell at Stamford Bridge during his playing career. He won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three EFL Cups, Europa League and the Champions League.

Aside from that, Lampard is also Chelsea’s record scorer on 211 goals in 648 games.

But now the 41-year-old will face a different challenge as the Blues’ head coach after replacing Maurizio Sarri, who left for Serie A champions Juventus last month.

“I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as head coach,” Lampard told the club’s website.

“Everyone knows my love for this club and the history we have shared. However, my sole focus is on the job in hand and preparing for the season ahead.

“I am here to work hard, bring further success to the club and I cannot wait to get started.”

Blues director Marina Granovskaia added: “It gives us great pleasure to welcome Frank back to Chelsea as head coach.

“Frank possesses fantastic knowledge and understanding of the club and last season, he demonstrated he is one of the most talented young coaches in the game.

“After 13 years with us as a player, where he became a club legend and our record goalscorer, we believe this is the perfect time for him to return and are delighted he has done so.

“We will do everything we can to ensure he has all the support required to be a huge success.”

Lampard will likely face a tricky first season in charge of Chelsea considering FIFA’s two-window transfer ban.

Although the club will still welcome Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund this summer after signing him in January. They also signed loan star Mateo Kovacic on a permanent €45m deal from Real Madrid.

Lampard becomes the 14th different coach to be appointed at Chelsea since Roman Abramovich took over in 2003.