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Chelsea legend Lampard confirms talks over Derby post

10:42 AM GMT 27/05/2018
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The Rams may have found their replacement for Gary Rowett, with their hunt for a new boss leading them towards a former England international

Frank Lampard has confirmed he is in talks to become Derby's new manager.

Following his retirement as a player in February 2017, the Chelsea legend has been clear about his desire to go into coaching and is believed to be the leading contender to take over at Pride Park.

The Rams are on the hunt for a successor to Gary Rowett after his switch to relegated Stoke City this week.

Rowett had led the club to the Championship play-offs, but a semi-final defeat to Fulham hastened his exit and appears to have paved the way for Lampard to take his first steps into management.

"There's been interest at Derby. I've been speaking to them. I'm ambitious and want to become a manager at some time," the 39-year-old told BT Sport, for whom he works as a pundit.

"It's a big club with big history and big tradition, which I like. We'll carry on speaking and we'll see."

Lampard, who has spent time working with youth players at Stamford Bridge, could become the second ex-England international to secure a first senior coaching role in quick succession following Steven Gerrard's appointment at Scottish Premiership side Rangers.

He has made no secret of his desire to get onto the management ladder and told Goal recently that he hopes that career will one day lead him back to Stamford Bridge.

Lampard said: "Chelsea, of course, is like a dream job that will be there one day. But that is not always the route that it takes, so it might take me to go somewhere else before I can ever do that. We will see, but I certainly have ambitions to do it.

"How could I not take it if Chelsea offered me the job? Chelsea are my club and I feel like I have a lot to offer. But that’s obviously for other people to decide, for important people, if and when I am ready to do that."