Frank Lampard’s return to Chelsea as the club’s new manager edged closer on Tuesday as Derby said they had granted permission for the Premier League club to conclude negotiations.
“Derby County Football Club can confirm that they have granted permission for Chelsea Football Club to speak to Frank Lampard about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge,” Derby said in a statement.
“With pre-season fast approaching for both clubs it is hoped this will allow Chelsea to swiftly conclude their discussions.”
Lampard is Chelsea’s record goalscorer with 211 goals between 2001 and 2014 at Stamford Bridge, where he won three Premier League titles, the Champions League and Europa League in a 13-trophy haul.
Chelsea have been seeking a manager since Maurizio Sarri departed to take charge of Juventus last week.