frank lampard rejects speculation linking him to chelsea

14:00    12 Feb 2019

Frank Lampard
Derby County manager Frank Lampard has rejected speculation that he will be the next Chelsea boss if Maurizio Sarri is sacked.

Lampard is a Chelsea legend, having won every honour during his 13-year stay at Stamford Bridge and he also scored a club-record 211 goals.

He has thus far impressed in his debut managerial post with the Rams, who are placed seventh on the Championship log and in with a shout of earning promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season.

Sarri, meanwhile, is under threat of losing his post at the Blues following a 6-0 defeat away to Manchester City on Sunday.

Lampard has been installed as one of the favourites to take over at the London club should Sarri be shown the door by owner Roman Abramovic, but the 40-year-old insists his focus in on Derby.

“My job is here,” Lampard told a Derby media conference on Monday.

“We’re working very hard and my thoughts are on Ipswich Town [Championship] on Wednesday, and Brighton on Saturday.”

Lampard backed Chelsea “as a club” to show resilience and respond to the humiliating defeat, their worst in the league for almost 28 years.

The former Blues midfielder said: “With my Chelsea hat on, 13 years as a player there, you have a feeling for it and it’s not nice, it’s not easy. It doesn’t happen to Chelsea much so when it does it’s a shock.

“But they’re going up against an incredible team and I had some time at Manchester City as well. I have some feelings for them. The work Pep Guardiola and their incredible squad have done is something special.

“For Chelsea it was a tough day. With all top teams the important thing is you come back strong, no matter what type of defeat. What makes top teams is resilience and Chelsea as a club will have it.”

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