harry redknapp backs frank lampard for chelsea step-up

08:29    17 Jun 2019

Frank Lampard
Veteran manager Harry Redknapp has backed his nephew Frank Lampard to make the step up from Derby County to Chelsea.

The former Blues man has been linked with a move from the EFL Championship club to the Premier League giants as a replacement for Juventus-bound manager Maurizio Sarri.

Lampard, in his first season as a manager, led the Rams to the playoff final against Aston Villa, where they narrowly lost out on promotion to the English top flight.

Taking the reins at one of the Premier League’s heavyweights would be a steep learning curve for Lampard, but Redknapp believes he can handle it.

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"He will have real authority. He won't stand any nonsense," Redknapp told the Sun.

"Eden Hazard has left and he is a fantastic player. No disrespect to any of the rest of them who are left, but none of them can look at Frank and think 'I'm a bigger, better player'.

"He's been a better player for Chelsea than any of them have been. That's not a bad starting point for him. There won't be anyone there he can't handle."

Part of the appeal of Lampard for Chelsea is his ability to bring through youngsters – something that could be vital for the club given that they are under a transfer embargo for the next two windows.

Redknapp added, "It could be a fresh new Chelsea. We could see some real young stars emerging.

"They have an incredible academy producing all these great kids - maybe now they are going to get the chance."

 

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