Maurizio Sarri had already left Stamford Bridge for Juventus, and the Blues are feeling the pressure to have someone who can steer the team this coming season. Among the notable names that have been popping up is former Chelsea player, Frank Lampard.
Lampard is currently on his first year with Derby County as their head coach. He led the team to a play-off final against Aston Villa. They, however, fell a bit short in their bid for promotion to the Premier League.
Now, Derby are cranking the pressure up on Chelsea to resolve Lampard’s future after the Rams bosses insisted that the manager is due to return next week. Derby are still waiting for the Europa League champs to make an official statement regarding the Chelsea legend.
Lampard is currently on a holiday with his family abroad. According to the club, he should be back next week to start planning and prepare for the pre-season. Their players are already due to be back on July 1 for training. They are set fly to the US for a 10-day training camp. Derby will be based in Sarasota and have lined up three friendlies in the US.
Reports have been circulating that Derby have offered Lampard a huge deal just to make him stay with the club. However, the Rams will not stop Lampard from going to Chelsea if the Premier League club will meet the £4 million compensation package. It was believed that Lampard has had his eyes on his former team for some time and was planning to be with the Blues even if Derby had made it to the Premier League.
Last week, Petr Cech officially started with Chelsea as technical director. The former Chelsea goalkeeper was with Arsenal last season before retiring from professional play. Chelsea defeated the Gunners to win the Europa League championship in Baku.