Lampard dismisses Chelsea link after Derby’s 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa

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Frank Lampard

Derby County manager, Frank Lampard has dismissed speculations linking him with a return to Chelsea after his club’s play-off final defeat to Aston Villa.

Lampard earned plaudits in his debut season as Derby boss, and has seen his name linked back to his old club Chelsea, as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement

The 40-year-old former Blues midfielder was keen to deflect talk of any possible exit from Pride Park speaking to media following the defeat though admitting he will have a talk with with Derby owner Mel Morris later.

Morris had previously stated that the club had not been approached regarding his manager’s services, but in an interview with Sky Sports, Lampard did confirm that talks regarding his future will take place “in the next few days”.

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“I’m not interested in the speculation,” he said.

“What is likely is I’ll speak to Mel Morris, the owner, in the next few days when the dust settles and then we’ll see how it goes.

“I’ve got a two-year contract and I love working at this place. The fans giving the players an ovation…. we’ll see.”

“Whether the loan players go back, they’ve been influential for us this year. We’ve got players out of contract so its work for us to put right.

“It’s important we start the work really quickly [for next season] because the squad is very thin now for next year. It’s a shame because they’re great characters in there, but this is football.”

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Following his side’s 2-1 defeat to Villa, Lampard described his players as “gutted”, but insisted he is proud of what his squad have achieved since he joined the club in May last year.

”They’re gutted because they wanted it so much, as you should,” he said.

”But when a group get on as well as they did and when a group have dragged themselves through with youth and players in the last year of their contracts you’ve got a real mixture.

”They’ve managed to get this far and I’m just proud.”

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