Derby free Lampard to conclude Chelsea return

Frank Lampard ’ s return to Chelsea as the club ’ s new manager edged closer on Tuesday as Derby said they had granted permission for the Premier League club to conclude negotiations .

“ 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 , ” Derby said in a statement .

“ With pre – season fast approaching for both clubs, it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions. ”
Lampard is Chelsea ’ s record goalscorer after netting 211 goals from midfield between 2001 and 2014 at Stamford Bridge , where he won three Premier League titles , the Champions League and Europa League in a 13 – trophy haul .

However , he has just one season ’ s experience in management as he led Derby to the brink of a return to the Premier League, only to fall short in the Championship playoff final against Aston Villa .

Chelsea have been seeking a manager since Maurizio Sarri departed to take charge of Juventus last week .

In response to Sarri ’ s sour relationship with the Chelsea supporters , owner Roman Abramovich has turned to a fan favourite to ease the Londoners through what could be a difficult season of transition .

Chelsea are unlikely to be able to make any signings this summer as they are serving a two – window transfer ban from FIFA .
And their best player of recent times has also departed after Eden Hazard completed a 100 million euro ( $ 114 million ) move to Real Madrid .
( AFP )

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