Spanner in the works? Derby desperate to stop Frank Lampard joining Chelsea

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Undoubtedly this come as a huge blow to Derby as they look to go one better next season and aim for promotion and Lampard will leave huge shoes to fill but there is surely no better man than him to bring real team spirit back to Chelsea and its supporters.

The Blues have been on the hunt for a new boss since Maurizio Sarri quit to take charge at Juventus.

Chelsea are reportedly close to appointing Frank Lampard as their new manager, with reports suggesting the deal could be struck in the next 48 hours.

The England U20 global returned for his long term loan from Aston Villa after help them return to Premier League action.

He said: "He is a great manager and it would be great if it was him who took over". I'm excited. I'm sure the rest of the (young Chelsea) players are. "He knows about me as well".

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However, Derby are determined to keep hold of a manager who led them to the Championship play-off final in 2018/19.

Abraham has spent previous seasons at Swansea and Bristol City on loan spells and he and several other youngsters will remain at Stamford Bridge next term after Federation Internationale de Football Association imposed a two-window ban.

Given their impending two-window transfer ban, Lampard may have to work with numerous club's returning loanees, or perhaps look to the academy.

Madrid, meanwhile, are keen to raise funds having spent in the region of €300 million (£270m/$340m) on five players already this summer, including €100m on Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard. The Blues have a reputation of loaning out youngsters, but they will stay at the club for a season - majorly down to the transfer ban.

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