Frank Lampard to take over at the Bridge?

Blues legend set for Chelsea return

Frank Lampard is set to take over from Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager this summer, with the Blues reportedly already deciding that the 40-year-old is the man they want in charge next season.

Sky Sports Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio claims that the Premier League giants have already made the decision to sack current boss Maurizio Sarri, after just one season in charge at Stamford Bridge.

"The club have already decided to change coaches and hire Lampard," he said.

Lampard, who currently manages Derby County and is gearing up for a return to the top flight with the Rams - should they beat Aston Villa in next Monday's Championship play-off final - is hot favourite to take over from the Italian.

The 40-year-old is a legend at Stamford Bridge, having made over 400 appearances for the Blues during a hugely successful career in the Premier League. He left West London in 2014 having scored 147 goals for Chelsea and is widely known as the club's best ever player.

Since hanging up his boots, Lampard has entered the managerial game with Championship outfit Derby. The Rams finished sixth in the second tier in Lamps' first season in charge at Pride Park, and now find themselves in a play-off final after beating Leeds United in the semi-finals last week.

Even if Derby do earn promotion to the top flight, though, the draw of managing his beloved club would be far too big for Lampard to turn down, not to mention the significant financial reward that comes with coaching one of the world's most affluent football clubs.

Maurizio Sarri could feel aggrieved if this move does come to fruition, however, after he ensured Champions League football will be returning to Stamford Bridge once again next season by finishing third. Chelsea do also find themselves in the final of the Europa League against Arsenal next week, and should they win that, you could definitely deem this season to be a success.

It has been his style of football - known as 'SarriBall' - which has left fans frustrated this term. The 60-year-old has been reluctant to change the way he plays, despite it clearly not working for the Blues on many occasions - notably when they were humiliated 6-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad earlier this year.

The former Napoli boss has also been criticised for his lack of squad rotation, sticking with underperforming players like Jorginho and Mateo Kovačić in central midfield, which has seen N'Golo Kante pushed into a more advanced role where he has been evidently less effective.

With the news of Massimiliano Allegri leaving Juventus this week after five years of service in Turin, a return to Italy for Sarri, should he depart Chelsea this summer, seems likely.


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