Chelsea have reportedly opened talks with Derby boss Frank Lampard about replacing Maurizio Sarri in the Stamford Bridge dugout. Sarri looks set to quit the Blues after one season to return to Italy after reports he will coach Juventus next season and thoughts have already turned to who might replace the 60-year-old.
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Massimiliano Allegri, who left Juve at the end of the season, and Ajax boss Erik ten Hag are thought to be possibilities, but it is Lampard who would be the choice of the fans after his stellar playing career in west London. The former England star scored 211 goals from 648 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea, leaving in 2014 after a 13-year career at the club.
The 40-year-old guided Derby to the Championship play-offs in his first season as a manager although the Rams came up short, losing to Aston Villa in the Wembley final. There are thought to be concerns over his lack of managerial experience although he is said to have has the backing of owner Roman Abramaovich, with Goal reporting that dialogue has begun.