Chelsea will assure Frank Lampard that he has at least one season to prove himself at Stamford Bridge given the ‘unique’ situation the club faces in the transfer market. The Blues are currently serving a two-window transfer ban and Lampard will not be able to make his own signings if, as expected, he takes over at Stamford Bridge.
Derby confirmed on Tuesday that they had given Chelsea permission to speak to Lampard and the 41-year-old is understandably keen on returning to his former club. However, having just lost Eden Hazard, Lampard is concerned about the task facing him at Stamford Bridge and wishes not to tarnish his reputation with supporters.
Lampard is keen on returning to Chelsea Lampard is keen on returning to Chelsea (Picture: Getty) But the Telegraph claims Lampard will be told he will be given time and barring a huge downturn fortunes he will be given at least one full season at the helm, after signing a three-year deal. Chelsea are content to pay £4m in compensation to Derby for Lampard given they received £5m from Juventus’ appointment of Maurizio Sarri. Jody Morris is likely to join Lampard as assistant coach once he makes the move but it remains to be seen whether Gianfranco Zola is kept on.
The Italian served under Sarri but his role could be reduced given Morris’ presence. More: Chelsea FC zone post image for post 10066652 Tammy Abraham reveals transfer decision ahead of Frank Lampard’s arrival zone post image for post 10061952 Chelsea get permission from Derby to speak to Frank Lampard zone post image for post 10061143 Real Madrid midfielder tells team he wants £45m Chelsea move The Blues have six days left to decide whether to keep Mateo Kovacic, meanwhile. Despite the club’s transfer ban, the Croatia midfielder is already registered as a Chelsea player and the club can make the move a permanent one if they wish.