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Big move: Frank Lampard is in discussions with Chelsea
Big move: Frank Lampard is in discussions with Chelsea

By Robert Jones

Derby owner Mel Morris has admitted his club will face a "tough time" should manager Frank Lampard leave to join Chelsea.

The Rams are hoping for a swift conclusion to discussions after granting the Blues permission to speak to the 41-year-old.

Lampard, Chelsea's record goalscorer following a glittering playing career at Stamford Bridge, has been strongly linked with the job since Maurizio Sarri left his role as boss on June 16 to take over at Italian champions Juventus.

Morris revealed he discussed this possibility with Lampard upon offering the former England midfielder his first managerial job last summer, and he has "no regrets" about letting Lampard hear what Chelsea have to say.

"We're going to have a tough time ahead if Frank goes. If he'd done a bad job at Derby this season then this wouldn't be happening," Morris said.

"When Frank met me for the first time we spoke about this opportunity, and we knew that somewhere down the line it would happen.

"The Chelsea job comes around pretty frequently, and it was always going to be there for Frank, we just didn't think it'd be after one season."

Lampard impressed during his first season in management by guiding the Rams to the brink of Premier League promotion.

Asked what he would be looking for in a new manager, Morris said: "Someone who will embrace the academy and have a relationship with the fans. And there's an expectation that we have to play football a certain way."

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