Vincent Kompany believes former Manchester City teammate Frank Lampard is the ideal man to take the vacant managerial position at Chelsea.
Lampard spent the 2014/15 season at the Etihad, where he helped Manuel Pellegrini’s side finish runners-up in the Premier League.
Could Lampard join Chelsea? Five things to know…
- Lampard enjoyed a fine maiden managerial season with Derby County in 2018/19.
- The ex-England international led the Rams to the Championship play-off Final.
- Chelsea recently parted ways with Maurizio Sarri and are on the hunt for a successor.
- The Blues will open discussions with Lampard after Derby gave the London club the green light.
- Kompany has urged Chelsea to get the job done quickly as Lampard is a ‘natural match’.
Since hanging up his boots, Lampard has taken to football management, where he recently oversaw a stellar maiden campaign in the Derby dugout, which culminated in a Championship play-off Final appearance.
The Rams ultimately lost out to Aston Villa at Wembley but Lampard gained plenty of plaudits for his development of young talent and Chelsea now look set to appoint their record-goalscorer, a move heavily supported by Kompany.
Speaking at the presentation of his new player-manager role at Anderlecht, he said: “Sign him up. He’s the man. I learnt so much from him.
“He was a bit older when he joined Man City. Frank was an incredible professional, he stepped the level up for everyone else, and I’m trying to have the same impact as an older player.
“The match is natural with Chelsea. I completely support him.”
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Derby give Chelsea permission
With speculation involving a reunion between Lampard and Chelsea gathering serious traction, Derby County have now released an official statement confirming they will give the Blues permission to speak with their current manager.
The statement read: “With pre-season fast approaching for both clubs, it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions.
“The club will make no further comment until it is appropriate to do so.”
Should Lampard be appointed the new Chelsea manager, he will have to work under unprecedented conditions since the Roman Abramovich era began, with Blues currently under a two-window transfer embargo.