Lampard 'dreams' of one day managing Chelsea

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The former Blues midfielder says he is desperate to manage the club, though he maintains he is enjoying his media career

Frank Lampard admits he dreams of managing former club Chelsea .

The 39-year-old spent 13 years at Stamford Bridge as a player, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League, the Europa League and two League Cups.

A highly decorated midfielder, Lampard was always seen as one of the most trusted lieutenants in the club's dressing room, along with ex-Blues defender John Terry.

While Terry is currently chasing promotion to the Premier League with Aston Villa, Lampard has transitioned into a media career, working as a pundit for BT Sport and the BBC.

He will be a part of the latter broadcaster's team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and, while Lampard is enjoying providing his insights, he maintains that he still harbours an ambition of managing the Blues.

“I have thought about coaching and I have been working at Chelsea with the academy all year, around my media stuff," Lampard exclusively told Goal during the BBC Media Day.

"I am enjoying the media and it’s been great for me to finish, have some different time to work on my coaching, but also have breaks with the family, plus work in the media. That allows me to keep one foot in the game, so I’ve got my eye on both.

“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."

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Lampard has repeatedly been linked with managerial jobs, and has recently been placed in the frame for jobs in the Championship, with Ipswich Town and Derby County.

The ex-midfielder, who played at three World Cups and won 106 caps for England, believes that clubs need to be more open-minded regarding appointing young managers, as he insists there is unearthed talent out there.

“Young managers need to be given a chance," he added.

"It’s very easy to say ‘why are people taking a chance on an inexperienced manager?’. If you never do that, then how are we going to develop young managers?

"Eventually, we want young, fresh managers in this country. Well, give people a chance and you might find out they are actually pretty good.”

There is set to be a vacancy at Chelsea in the near future, with Antonio Conte set to depart his role despite ending his second season in charge by winning the FA Cup.

Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri remains the front-runner to take his place , with the Serie A outfit having already held talks with Carlo Ancelotti over taking charge in Naples.

The BBC will provide extensive coverage of World Cup 2018 across TV, radio and online from June 14.