05 Jul Chelsea appoint Frank Lampard: Blues legend confirmed as Maurizio Sarri successor on a three-year deal
The previous Blues midfielder leaves Derby County after one yr in cost to succeed Maurizio Sarri within the dugout at Stamford Bridge
Frank Lampard has been confirmed as the brand new Chelsea supervisor, returning to the membership the place he grew to become a legend as a participant.
The Blues agreed a cope with Derby County price £four million to cowl the ultimate two years of Lampard’s contract at Pleasure Park after per week’s price of talks with the 41-year-old.
He has signed a three-year deal upon his return to Stamford Bridge to succeed Maurizio Sarri, who departed the membership after a single season in cost to take over at Juventus.
Lampard spent 13 years as a participant in west London, scoring 211 targets in 649 video games to turn out to be Chelsea’s all-time prime goalscorer.
He received three Premier League titles, the Champions League, 4 FA Cups, two League Cups and the Europa League whereas additionally ending second to Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldinho in 2005.
It’s understood that Lampard will deliver employees from Derby with him, with ex-Blues midfielder Jody Morris anticipated to affix as his assistant supervisor after working with him on the Rams.
Former Blues coach Chris Jones will even return, whereas head of efficiency evaluation Steve Rands is believed to be one other of the six to eight backroom employees which have spoken to the west London facet.
Chelsea’s Improvement Squad supervisor, Joe Edwards, will even be promoted in step with Lampard’s arrival, with the highly-rated younger coach boasting a detailed relationship with Morris from his time within the academy.
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Lampard spoke of his delight at re-joining the membership the place he’s thought to be a legend upon the announcement, saying: “I’m immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as head coach.
“Everybody is aware of my love for this membership and the historical past we now have shared, nevertheless, my sole focus is on the job in hand and getting ready for the season forward.
“I’m right here to work onerous, deliver additional success to the membership and I can’t wait to get began.”
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added on the membership’s official web site : “It provides us nice pleasure to welcome Frank again to Chelsea as head coach.
“Frank possesses unbelievable information and understanding of the membership and, final season, he demonstrated he is among the most gifted younger coaches within the recreation.
“After 13 years with us as a participant, the place he grew to become a membership legend and our file goalscorer, we imagine that is the proper time for him to return and are delighted he has performed so.
“We are going to do the whole lot we are able to to make sure he has all of the help required to be an enormous success.”
Lampard will now lead Chelsea into seven pre-season matches in Dublin, Japan, Germany and Austria earlier than opening the season in opposition to Manchester United at Outdated Trafford on August 11.
He won’t, although, have the ability to request new signings as a result of a two-window transfer ban imposed by FIFA.
The arrival of Christian Pulisic, whose transfer from Borussia Dortmund was accomplished in January, will assist ease the load on Lampard’s squad whereas Mateo Kovacic has seen his mortgage transfer from Actual Madrid become a everlasting deal.