Derby owner Mel Morris insists he will fight to keep Frank Lampard

Derby owner Mel Morris insists he will fight to keep Frank Lampard as boss despite heavy interest from Chelsea

  • Mel Morris expects Frank Lampard to manage former club Chelsea in the future
  • But the Derby owner is desperate to keep hold of Lampard for the time being 
  • Lampard has recently been linked with a spectacular return to Stamford Bridge 
  • Maurizio Sarri’s future at Chelsea is up in the air ahead of Europa League final 

Derby owner Mel Morris is defiant to keep Frank Lampard as manager next season despite the heavy interest from Chelsea.

Lampard has been linked with a move back to Stamford Bridge following a fine debut season in management with Derby in the Championship, which has seen his side reach the play-off final. 

Chelsea are interested in bringing back their former star midfielder as manager with Maurizio Sarri’s future currently up in the air. 

Frank Lampard has impressed hugely during his first season in management with Derby

Frank Lampard has impressed hugely during his first season in management with Derby

And on Friday, Morris insisted he will do everything he can to keep the 40-year-old at Pride Park next season.

However, the Derby owner admits he does expect Lampard, who won three Premier League titles and a Champions League with Chelsea, to return to west London sometime in the future. 

Morris told Sky Sports: ‘I am sure there are 40,000 Chelsea supporters that will be dreaming about that probably ever since Frank said he was going into management. I know there is at least 30,000 odd local Derby supporters hoping that would never happen. 

‘It is inevitable Frank will always be linked with the Chelsea job and maybe one day that’s what will happen. 

Mel Morris wants to do everything he can to keep Lampard at Pride Park next season

Mel Morris wants to do everything he can to keep Lampard at Pride Park next season

‘But I seriously think Chelsea are a professional club, that have a big game coming up in the coming week, which is massive for them, financially as well as the achievement that that pulls off. It has been one of their best seasons. 

‘Frank here has done a phenomenal job and I bet there are a lot of clubs looking around, thinking Frank might be a manager for us one day. I am not surprised by that. It’s a compliment to Frank the way he has performed.’

Lampard’s reputation as manager has risen after guiding the Rams into the Championship play-off final, thanks to a remarkable victory against promotion favourites Leeds over two legs. 

Derby triumphed against the odds after coming from 1-0 behind in the first-leg, to beat Leeds 4-2 at Elland Road to seal their place in the play-off final.

Lampard will be desperate to guide Derby into the Premier League in his first season in management, but Aston Villa stand in his way at Wembley on Monday afternoon.  

Lampard has been linked with the Chelsea job, with Maurizio Sarri's future up in the air

Lampard has been linked with the Chelsea job, with Maurizio Sarri’s future up in the air

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