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I genuinely mean it Frank Lampard has this classy message for Aston Villa

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Rams chief tells talkSPORT he has had no indication Lampard will leave Pride Park this summer to take over at his former club

Villa would like to keep hold of the England Under-21 striker but Chelsea may also need his services due to their transfer ban, and Abraham insists he is up to the job.

Derby County owner Mel Morris has told talkSPORT he has no plans to sell the club after their failure to win promotion to the Premier League.

The 21-year-old scored 26 goals on loan at Aston Villa this season, helping them reach the play-off final where they clinched promotion against Derby at Wembley.

The Rams chiefs also expects manager Frank Lampard to stay despite strong links with a move back to Chelsea, saying he has had no indication the former England star will make the move.

Abraham looks certain to be playing Premier League football next season, either with his parent club or possibly with another loan stint at Villa.

Derby will spend the summer preparing for another season in the Championship after losing the play-off final to Aston Villa on Monday.

The aim is to be at the highest level and playing the best football, and if Chelsea say they need me there I will put 100 per cent in, he said.

Lampard had a remarkable chance to get the Rams back to the top flight in his very first season in management, but fell at the last hurdle with a 2-1 defeat at Wembley Stadium.

Every player wants to start. Obviously if it is at Chelsea, a team like Chelsea is always difficult because they have got world-class players.

Derbys build-up to the game was plagued with speculation over their head coachs future, with claims he is being eyed up to take over from Maurizio Sarri as boss of former club Chelsea.

I have got the Euro Under-21s coming up as well so I have to focus on that. You can never say never. You never know what could happen.

Morris future in charge of the club has also come into question, with reports this season claiming he wants to cut costs with the view to sell, having branded the Championship a financial disaster.

But, even though he admitted second tier clubs are losing over £500million across the board every season, Morris has insisted he remains fully committed to Derby.

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Asked about his future, the Rams chief exclusively told talkSPORT host Jim White: Ive always been committed and that will continue.

The aim is to be at the highest level and playing the best football, and if Chelsea say they need me there I will put 100 per cent in, he said.

Frank Lampard, every time anything moves on the management side at Chelsea his name is always going to be mentioned by their fans. Thats always going to happen.

Abraham looks certain to be playing Premier League football next season, either with his parent club or possibly with another loan stint at Villa.

One day maybe Frank will manage Chelsea, I dont doubt that will happen at some point in the future.

Every player wants to start. Obviously if it is at Chelsea, a team like Chelsea is always difficult because they have got world-class players.

But I just hope when that does happen he can pick up Chelsea at a time where he can go on to be successful.

I have got the Euro Under-21s coming up as well so I have to focus on that. You can never say never. You never know what could happen.

Aston Villa: Dont be cautious now, play like you belong

Weve got two years left on his contract and would obviously love to retain Franks services, and Ive had no indication thats not going to be the case.

Many have been amused by Liverpool’s ‘This Means More’ campaign this season, but as Sky Sports interviewed Aston Villa fans ahead of their second successive play-off final, permutations on that phrase were never far from lips. With a Villa fan in the dug-out and a Villa fan wearing the captain’s armband, this really did mean more than last season, when Steve Bruce was their manager, John Terry was their skipper and the football was unloveably pragmatic. Neutrals understandably wanted to see the swashbuckling Fulham emerge victorious. This year, not even the presence of Terry in the Villa dug-out could make Derby the romantic choice.

“The richest game in football”. A phrase that must have been uttered over a hundred times this weekend around the Championship play-off final which saw Aston Villa overcome Derby at Wembley.  With the television rights and parachute payments, promotion this year was estimated to be worth £170m, the same as it has been worth since 2016 when the new television deal came in.

This was a day that belonged to Smith, to Grealish and to the thousands of fans who endured Paul Lambert, Remi Garde and Tim Sherwood on the way to ignominious relegation just six years after finishing sixth. This club is a reminder that there was a time – not so very long ago – when any talk of the Big Six was a dull discussion about energy suppliers. Less than a decade ago Aston Villa finished above current Champions League finalists Liverpool and the contrasting status of those two clubs is an apt illustration of what happens when good clubs are managed badly.

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But now, due to research by SportingIntel, it has been shown that promotion could be worth over £1 billion to the Villains over the next few years. The data shows that, since 2007, every side that has been promoted has earned more than the finances estimated at the time. For those clubs who managed to spend more than one season in the top flight, riches awaited them and if they could establish themselves in the top flight, the financial rewards were huge.

We are told so often that this is the richest game in football, that these 90 minutes are worth £170m, that one match can safeguard a club’s financial future, that it is easy to forget that even this game can still be fuelled by love more than money. In his pre-match press conference, Smith did not talk tearfully of TV income but of his father, ill with dementia and completely unaware of his son’s achievements; Jack Grealish did not have to buy a box for 60 members of his family because they wanted to see an end to Villa’s FFP compliance issues.

You only have to look at the three clubs promoted between 2011 and 2013 to see this. Swansea beat Reading to win the play-off final which was thought to be worth £90m at the time but, after they spent seven seasons in the top flight earned the club a whopping £699m. That included an increase in attendance of 29% which brought in an extra £73.9m in gate and commercial revenue, but they also have £52m in parachute payments to come.

That total remarkably was exceeded by West Ham who came up the following year having beaten Blackpool in the final. The two clubs could not have experienced more contrasting fates since that day with Blackpool going through all sorts of turmoil, dropping all the way down to League Two, before eventually getting rid of their owner, Owen Oyston this year. Now in League One, the Tangerines will be hoping to climb their way through the divisions over the coming years, their fans deserve no less. For West Ham, it has been relatively plain sailing by comparison. Seven consecutive seasons in the top flight, and counting, has meant their coffers have been well and truly full over the past few years. In total, winning that play-off final has been worth £1.01bn to the club and that figure will only increase the longer they remain in the top flight.

In truth, the football was poor – as it so often is when the stakes are so high – but Villa were largely dominant when it mattered and Derby were largely error-strewn when and where it really mattered. It felt like Lampard had made twin mistakes – to start Mason Bennett and to play a diamond formation against a Villa side already likely to dominate on the flanks. That 1-0 became 2-0 was no surprise; Derby conjured up a grandstand finish – thanks to substitute Jack Marriott – but the damage had long been done.

With their new stadium, that revenue will continue to rise and they are able to spend more on players, securing their top-flight status. Players such as Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop and Marko Arnautovic have been brought in for over £20m which seem like a smart investments when you look at the money coming in.

Crystal Palace the following season received the same financial boost with their total now past the £800m mark and the club still in the Premier League. Since the Eagles though, the winner of the Championship play-off final has struggled in England’s top division.

The midfielder watched on as brothers Paul and Stephen helped keep Saints in the top-flight with penalty shootout victory over Dundee United.

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QPR, Norwich, Hull and Fulham were all relegated in their first season back in the Premier League and although the clubs have picked up hefty payments for their showings (Fulham earned £178m), it could have been so much more. Huddersfield, despite being relegated this year proved that if you can manage more than one season, the earnings increase massively, they took home over £300m for their two seasons of participation. Having not invested too heavily in players, that puts them in a great position to launch a promotion charge next season in the Championship. Those five clubs show that life will not be easy next season for Aston Villa, who will be hoping to replicate West Ham rather than Fulham and earn some serious money by staying in England’s most prestigious football division.

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