Lampard is edging nearer a return to Chelsea

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Lampard spent 13 years as a Chelsea player, winning 11 major honours and scoring a club-record 211 goals, and has been consistently linked with the vacancy at his former club since it became clear Sarri was set to leave.

Derby have since revealed they have 'excused' him from pre-season training to help conclude talks.

By all accounts, Frank Lampard is within touching distance of completing a return to Chelsea as their new manager.

Derby owner Mel Morris feels it is only a matter of time before Lampard and Chelsea reach an agreement.

Lampard was thought to be the favourite to succeed Maurizio Sarri after the Italian coach quit for Juventus last month. "Frank has got all the tools and I think he will make a lot of people happy if he was the next manager".

Earlier on Monday, July 1, Dery County released a statement, explaining that they have made a decision to excuse Lampard from returning for pre-season training so that he can continue talks with Chelsea. "When Frank and I first met, we discussed this very eventuality, the only difference is the timing of this".

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"Our belief at this point in time is that Frank and Chelsea need to have the time now to finalize the transaction between them".

He is expected to be prepared to lead Chelsea when their pre-season kicks off on Friday, and The Telegraph add that he will oversee some drastic changes involving the club's academy.

First-team coach Chris Jones will also be joining Lampard and Morris at Chelsea.

The former England midfielder has had permission to speak with the Europa League winners since last Tuesday.

The Mail say Lampard is likely to sign a three-year contract worth around £4m a year and that securing a Champions League place for next season would push his wages towards the £5m mark. But he also believed that the Stamford Bridge side should finalize the deal as soon as they can.

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