Frank Lampard is, quite rightly, a legend at Stamford Bridge. It is looking more and more like Lampard will get to alter his legacy with Chelsea – for better or worse – as he is lined up to become their next manager.

Lampard played 429 times for Chelsea and scored 147 goals for the club after moving from West Ham in 2001. His 13-year stint had many more ups than downs and owner Roman Abramovich will be hoping that his next choice as manager will be able to use that goodwill and turn the fans around after Maurizio Sarri left the club for Juventus.

A Derby statement read: “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.”

The fee for Lampard to take over at the Bridge is thought to be the £4 million compensation arrangement in his contract.

Chelsea are the fifth favourites for the Premier League crown at 22.00 with BetXChange.


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