- Former Chelsea player and legend agree three years deal at Stamford Bridge.
- Chelsea announces the departure of some players.
Frank Lampard was given two days off by Derby County, the Chelsea legend had Monday and Tuesday off as his players reported to training for preseason yesterday.
The Chelsea legend was given the two days break to get his Chelsea move done and the blues have finally secured a return for the English manager.
The retired veteran midfielder won eleven major trophies with Chelsea as a player including the UEFA Champions League in 2012.
The Deal to bring the 41-year-old manager to Stamford Bridge would cost Chelsea £4m in compensation to the Rams, Lampard would also earn £4m a year as Chelsea manager.
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Derby County boss Mel Morris has stated the reason for the delay of Lampard’s deal to Chelsea, he pointed that it’s due to Lampard’s holiday in France.
“You could say they’ve had plenty of time but in fairness, Frank was away on vacation and he didn’t come back until Friday, so I think that has been a big factor.”
The Championship club granted the blues permission to speak to their manager last week, his appointment became inevitable shortly after the meeting.
Frank Lampard guided Derby to a play-off final in his first ever stint as a manager, and he will now take over at Chelsea as the 13th manager in Charge since Roman Abramovich acquired the club.
Chelsea is facing an impending ban but has still managed to strengthen the squad with the recent permanent deal they secured for Mateo Kovacic for a fee of about £44.8m.
The Croatian midfielder was made possible owing to the fact that he is an already registered player at the club from his past loan spell.
A number of players like Eduardo, Gary Cahill, Rob Green and Kyle Scott have been confirmed to have departed the club, Higuain has also ended his loan with Chelsea and has returned to Juventus.
Kovacic after signing a new deal with Chelsea said:
“I really enjoyed my season on loan with Chelsea, I feel comfortable at the club and like London and the Premier League very much.
“I am very happy to be able to join permanently.
“We had a successful year, winning the Europa League and I hope I can make a big contribution in the coming seasons.’
Marina Granovskaia Chelsea’s director also added:
“Mateo proved what an accomplished player he is during his season on loan with us and we are delighted to welcome him to the club on a permanent basis.
“He already possesses extensive experience at club and international level and we are sure he will be a big success with Chelsea over the next five years.”
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Mel Morris Rams owner has been showering his praise for the work Lampard has done at the Club and stated he wants whoever replaces Lampard to continue with the blueprint laid by the England International.
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