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Frank Lampard rules out taking Oxford job

Former England midfielder is working on his coaching badges.

Former England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard would relish the chance to move into management one day – but insists the Oxford job is not on his immediate agenda.

The 39-year-old, who also had a spell at Manchester City and then in Major League Soccer at New York City, has been linked with the vacancy at the Kassam Stadium following the departure of Pep Clotet.

Lampard, though, confirmed while there had been some initial contact with the Sky Bet League One club during the summer, there was nothing currently on the table.

“I spoke to Dave Jones, who works at Sky and is on the board at Oxford, in the summer about the job and that is far as it went. There wasn’t in it what has come out this week,” Lampard said on talkSPORT.

“Certainly I’m working on my badges now and it’s my intention (to get into management) if the right thing comes along.

“I don’t know what the route will be – there are plenty of different routes to become a top manager and I am working there (at Chelsea with the Under-18s) now to get towards that.”

Lampard, who started out his career at West Ham, added: “You can’t just step out of something and think you can become a manager, you have to practise a lot.

“Thankfully Chelsea and the academy are helping me get my hours in and I am watching training at certain Premier League clubs and studying as much as I can so down the line, I hope so (to become a manager one day).”

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