Frank Lampard to discuss Derby future amid Chelsea rumours – BBC Sport

Frank Lampard to discuss Derby future amid Chelsea rumours - BBC Sport

Frank Lampard to hold Derby talks after play-off final amid Chelsea speculation

Derby County manager Frank Lampard says he will discuss his future with owner Mel Morris after the Championship play-off final amid speculation he will replace Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea boss.

Lampard, 40, spent 13 years at Stamford Bridge and has taken Derby to Mondays showpiece Wembley final against Aston Villa in his first season as a boss.

With us getting through to the Final for the second successive year with victory over West Bromwich Albion, and Derby coming through their battle with Leeds, it’s going to be an intriguing game as both sides ended the year with good form, but Smith clearly feels that our approach coming from so far behind in the race for the top six gives us a natural advantage.

Chelsea face Arsenal in the Europa League final in Azerbaijan on Wednesday, with continued talk that Sarri will be sacked.

Lampard, who played 649 games for the Blues and is their record goalscorer, added: “Ive got two years left on my contract here and I see no further forward than Monday.

In February, the Citizens scraped past Chelsea to win the Carabao Cup in a penalty shootout, while they pipped Liverpool to the league title on the final day of the season.

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“I will sit down with Mel after the game, which was planned before all this talk anyway, to see firstly what the result was on Monday because thats going to define how we chat.

“Its been a bit of an obvious link all season. Its maybe because of where were at – in the final – and were being talked about and I get linked because of my 13 years at the club.

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“But in terms of how Im seeing it, I dont want to think about it, I dont want to talk about it. I want to talk about Monday.”

Morris told BBC Derby Sport it is inevitable Lampard will be talked about as the next Chelsea manager.

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“Franks always going to be linked with Chelsea,” added Morris. “Is anyone surprised that lots of people would be interested in him given what he has achieved this season?

Tenerife, July 2018: under cloudless skies, Derby Countys players stroll on to the training pitch. The first few days of pre-season have been gruelling — high-intensity fitness work — but now the balls come out and the mood lightens. Frank Lampard tells the players what he expects: short, sharp passing, with everything done at speed. The whistle blows. Come on, lads. Lets see what youve got.

“Right now, Chelsea have got a massive game coming up next week, weve got a massive game coming up and I can guarantee that no one wants any focus on anything other than those two game.

“For Frank he should view it as a compliment that he is being connected with that opportunity, but he always will be.”

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