Frank Lampard has been pursued by his former club Chelsea following their former boss Sarri leaving for Juventus, and Derby County has officially granted permission to the Blues to approach him.
Derby’s official twitter posted the statement.
Derby County can confirm that they have granted permission for Chelsea to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge.
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) June 25, 2019
“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,” the Rams added.
“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.”
Lampard is a Blues legend and their all-time highest goalscorer, and the 41-year old has been a fa-favourite to take charge at Stamford Bridge, despite just one season of experience as a manager.
However, his impressive one-year spell at Pride Park, where he almost brought the Championship club a return to the Premier League, only falling short one playoff match against Aston Villa.
The successor to Sarri will be offered a three-year contract worth around £4 million per year, and Abramovich is confident bringing the 41-year old legend back to the Bridge.
With the club facing a transfer ban, and the recent departure of Eden Hazard, Lampard has to make a hefty preparation for the next season. He will also be the first Englishman to take charge of the club since Glenn Hoddle in 1993.