Chelsea have reportedly concluded plans to name club legend Frank Lampard their next manager once they sack Maurizio Sarri after Europa League final.
The Italian coach has struggled to win over fans despite a solid first season in charge at Stamford Bridge, getting to the final of two Cups and finishing third in the Premier League.
However, Chelsea bosses have been impressed with the way Lampard has carried himself and are believed to be keen to bring some of the club’s legendary former players back to Stamford Bridge.
Their all-time leading scorer, who left west London in 2014, has been in charge of Derby since signing a three-year contract in May 2018 and has taken them to the Championship play-off final where they face Aston Villa for a place in the Premier League.
Lampard was not short of offers when he hung up his boots in 2016 after short spells at Manchester City and New York City following 13 years as a Chelsea player.
He would have been welcomed back at Stamford Bridge while there was also an opportunity within the England set up for a former midfielder who won 106 caps and scored 29 goals.
The 40-year-old former midfielder is one step away from helping Derby gain promotion into the Premier League. after finishing sixth on the log during the regular season and qualified for the playoffs.