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Frank Lampard to be given £16.5m deal by Chelsea?

Frank Lampard will reportedly earn £16.5m over the course of a three-year contract if he agrees to leave Derby County for former club Chelsea. Chelsea are reportedly prepared to hand Frank Lampard a deal worth £5.5m per year, which would see him match the terms given to Maurizio Sarri last summer. Lampard is expected to be named as the replacement for Sarri, who has joined Juventus despite a third-place finish in the Premier League and winning the Europa League. The 41-year-old – currently in charge of Derby County – has allegedly been offered a three-year contract, with owner Roman Abramovich allegedly assuring the club legend that he will not be sacked before the end of the 2019-20 campaign. Despite his lack of experience, The Sun claims that Lampard is in line to earn £16.5m...

John Terry backs Frank Lampard as perfect appointment for Chelsea

John Terry has no doubts former team-mate Frank Lampard would be a huge success as Chelsea manager. The Blues are in talks to make Lampard their new boss after being given permission to talk to their former midfielder by current club Derby. Terry, now assistant to Dean Smith at Aston Villa, who beat Derby in last month’s Sky Bet Championship play-off final, spent 13 years alongside Lampard as a Chelsea player. Terry, left, and Lampard, right, have remained good friends since their playing days at Stamford Bridge (Andrew Matthews/PA) “After the season he has had with Derby and with Chelsea’s transfer ban in place, there is no one better equipped than Frank to succeed at Chelsea,” Terry told the Daily Mail. “It is perfect timing for him and the club.” Terr...

Frank Lampard promised time at Chelsea?

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly prepared to hand Frank Lampard time to become a success at Stamford Bridge should he become the club’s new manager. Frank Lampard will reportedly be given at least one full season in charge at Chelsea, providing that he leaves Derby County for a return to Stamford Bridge. The Blues are keen to bring the 41-year-old in as a replacement for Maurizio Sarri, who linked up with Juventus despite a relatively successful 11 months in West London. There are concerns among Chelsea’s fanbase that owner Roman Abramovich may replace Lampard should he not enjoy a successful start to life in the Premier League side’s dugout. They may be unfounded, according to The Telegraph, with Abramovich said to have assured the former midfielder that he w...

Chelsea begin talks with Frank Lampard after Derby give green light

Chelsea are working to make Frank Lampard their new manager after being granted permission to talk to their former midfielder by current club Derby. The 41-year-old has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge for some time with speculation dating back to before Maurizio Sarri‘s departure for Serie A champions Juventus last month. A formal approach has now been made with the Rams – who were beaten by Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final – having given Blues chiefs the chance to sell their vision to the former England international. Frank Lampard could be working for Roman Abramovich again (Nick Potts/PA) A statement on Derby’s official website side: “Derby County Football Club can confirm that they have granted permission for Chelsea Football Club to speak t...

Frank Lampard, Roman Abramovich ‘set for face-to-face talks this week’

A report claims that Frank Lampard has been invited to join Roman Abramovich on his luxury yacht as Chelsea step up their search for a new manager. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will reportedly meet with Frank Lampard this week to discuss the legendary midfielder becoming the club’s new manager. Lampard is considered the leading candidate to succeed Maurizio Sarri, who left Stamford Bridge on Sunday to take over at Juventus after just 11 months in West London. The Blues’ leading all-time scorer has only one season of managerial experience under his belt, coming at Derby County last season, but The Sun claims that Chelsea are serious about putting him in charge. Abramovich is rumoured to have invited Lampard to join him on his £380m yacht off Saint-Tropez, near where he is curr...

Report: Philippe Coutinho open to joining Chelsea if transfer ban lifted

Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho is reportedly open to joining Chelsea this summer should the Blues’ transfer ban be lifted. Philippe Coutinho is reportedly looking to leave Barcelona this summer and will prioritise a move to Chelsea. The Brazil international, currently away on Copa America duty, has struggled during his 16 months at Camp Nou. Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea have all been linked with the 27-year-old, who cost Barca £142m to sign from Liverpool. According to transfer expert Duncan Castles, Coutinho would prefer to join the Blues if he has a choice. However, as things stand the West London outfit are managerless and are unable to bring in any players for the next two transfer windows. “Philippe Coutinho – there is also interest from ...

The 13 Chelsea managers of the Roman Abramovich era

Maurizio Sarri has become the latest manager to leave Chelsea after he was named Juventus boss. Sarri was the 13th managerial appointment made by owner Roman Abramovich since he took over the club in the summer of 2003, with Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink each having two spells. Here, Press Association Sport looks at how those men have fared. Claudio Ranieri – Sep 2000-May 2004 Claudio Ranieri’s days were numbered under Roman Abramovich (Phil Noble/PA) The Italian was at the helm when Abramovich arrived at Stamford Bridge. After heavy spending he led Chelsea to a second-placed finish in the Premier League and the Champions League semi-finals but faced persistent speculation about his job and was sacked at the end of the season. Jose Mourinho – Jun 2004-Sep 2007 The Portuguese establi...

Preview: Chelsea vs. Arsenal – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Europa League showdown between Chelsea and Arsenal in Baku, including team news and predicted lineups. Premier League rivals Chelsea and Arsenal face off in the 2019 Europa League final at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan on Wednesday evening. This is just the second all-English final in UEFA’s secondary competition, after Tottenham Hotspur against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 1972 UEFA Cup, and is considered a make-or-break match for both sides. A fifth-placed league finish in Unai Emery‘s first campaign at the helm will only be considered a success if Arsenal come out on top in midweek, while Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has been under pressure all season long and could do with winning some silverware. Chelsea © Reuters All the ta...

Frank Lampard: ‘No tension at Derby County ahead of playoff final’

Frank Lampard has compared Derby’s play-off final showdown to Chelsea‘s crucial Champions League qualification which changed the course of the club’s future. The Rams play Aston Villa in Monday’s Sky Bet Championship play-off final, which is worth an estimated £170million. In 2003, Lampard’s Chelsea faced Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, with the game labelled ‘the £20million match’ as the winners would qualify for the Champions League. Lampard, left, played in a crucial 2003 win for Chelsea over Liverpool that changed the club’s history (PA) Chelsea won 2-1 to finish fourth but without Champions League football Roman Abramovich may not have bought the club, who have won five Premier League titles since. Ahead of the Wembley clash with Villa, La...

The top 10 captains in Premier League history

Following Vincent Kompany’s decision to leave Manchester City, Sports Mole looks at where he ranks among the greatest captains in Premier League history. If Vincent Kompany‘s place in Premier League history was not secure before this season, it certainly is now. The Belgian played a bit-part role for the majority of the 2018-19 campaign, but came in when it mattered and was integral to getting Manchester City over the line as they became the first team to retain the title in a decade. FA Cup glory a week later secured an unprecedented domestic treble for Pep Guardiola‘s side, and that proved to be Kompany’s final game for the club as he announced his departure on Sunday. Reactions quickly changed from initial surprise to adulation for the man who had overseen Man Ci...

Report: Maurizio Sarri to push for Chelsea decision

A report claims that Maurizio Sarri wants to know whether he will stay on as Chelsea manager for another year in order to give his coaching staff some clarity. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will reportedly push for a prompt decision from the club regarding his future beyond this season. The 60-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer on a three-year deal and has guided the Blues to a third-placed finish in the Premier League in his first full campaign. Sarri could also lift the Europa League later this month, with domestic rivals Arsenal providing the competition in Baku on May 29, but that has not stopped speculation mounting that he may be on his way out after less than 12 months at the helm. According to The Times, the ex-Napoli boss wants to know whether he will be staying on f...

Chelsea to sack Maurizio Sarri regardless of Europa League result?

Chelsea are reportedly still planning to sack head coach Maurizio Sarri, regardless of the result of the Europa League final with Arsenal. Chelsea will reportedly still sack Maurizio Sarri even if the club defeat Arsenal in the Europa League final. Sarri was appointed as Antonio Conte‘s replacement in July, and the Italian has earned the Blues a return to the Champions League through a third-placed finish in the Premier League standings. Chelsea also remain in contention to win a trophy this season, but Gazzetta dello Sport claims that the club’s hierarchy want to appoint an alternative to Sarri. The report suggests that owner Roman Abramovich has concerns over the relationship between the club’s head coach and the fans, with large sections of the Stamford Bridge crowd no...

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