Frank Lampard will merge Chelsea first team and academy after becoming manager

Frank Lampard will merge Chelsea first team and academy after becoming manager

The 41-year-old, who has two years remaining on his County contract, scored a club record 211 goals and won 11 major trophies as a Chelsea player between 2001 and 2014.

Derby said they will now step up "efforts to find a replacement".

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

Lampard's only coaching experience is his one year at Derby County, where he led the team to the playoff final, where the Rams fell to Aston Villa.

Earlier on Monday, July 1, Dery County released a statement, explaining that they have chose to excuse Lampard from returning for pre-season training so that he can continue talks with Chelsea.

Chelsea have been seeking a new manager since Maurizio Sarri departed to take charge of Juventus last month.

Lampard will be confirmed as Chelsea's new manager in the next 48 hours after finalising details on a three-year contract.

Chelsea's new technical and performance advisor Petr Cech recently claimed Frank Lampard is not the only contender for the vacant manager's job. "Frank has got all the tools and I think he will make a lot of people happy if he was the next manager". For me, it's good the ex-legends come back to the club.

The Blues have already moved to strengthen his squad by making midfielder Mateo Kovacic's loan move from Real Madrid permanent in a deal that could rise to £44.8m.

It is also reported Lampard will ask youth coaches at Chelsea to vary and switch around the times of their training sessions, allowing him to watch the action before or after he takes care of first team duties.

The 36-year-old shot-stopper provided backup for Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic but didn't manage to play and spent last season on loan to Vitesse.

However, the Blues are yet to announce officially, but it's expected they will in the coming hours.

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