Derby County owner Mel Morris has revealed that their manager Frank Lampard is yet to agree a deal to Chelsea.
Derby confirmed on Tuesday (official website) that they have granted Lampard permission to speak to the Blues about the vacant managerial position at Stamford Bridge.
The Sun has reported that the 41-year-old has now agreed a three-year deal with Chelsea worth £5.5million a year, which is the same as former boss Maurizio Sarri.
But Morris has squashed that speculation by stating that a deal is not yet in place.
“Right now it’s still not a done deal. Let’s be blunt, as far as I’m concerned I’m hoping this guy is going to manage us next season. I’m not giving up hope on that at the moment,” Morris told talkSPORT.
“But you’d have to say at some point it will happen [Lampard managing Chelsea] – whether it’s now or some point in the future. I have no regrets about Frank, whether he stays or goes.”
There is a major buzz around Stamford Bridge that Lampard appears to be on the brink of appointment, but it seems like talks are still ongoing and it’s not quite agreed yet.
The Blues legend will surely find it extremely difficult to turn down the role and Derby will not stand in his way after allowing talks.
Lampard may only have had one year in senior management under his belt, but he’s adored in West London from his time as a player and is in many people’s eyes Chelsea’s greatest ever.
His life to managing started well though in the Championship with Derby, as he guided them to the play-off final before losing to Aston Villa at Wembley.