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Lampard insists outcome of Chelsea transfer ban appeal is not a ‘priority’

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insists the outcome of the club’s impending appeal against their transfer ban is not amongst his current priorities at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were handed a two-window transfer ban by FIFA after the club were found guilty of breaking rules regarding the signing of foreign U18 players, the first window of which was served during the past summer with Lampard unable to sign new additions in his first window in charge of the club.

The club have made an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport which will be heard later this month on November 20, and should their punishment be reduced, the club could be free to sign new players during the upcoming January transfer window.

Despite the possibility of being able to bring in his own players during the winter window, Lampard has said that it is ‘nice’ that the result of the appeal is not currently a priority, with his focus solely on improving the performances of his current squad.

“I will cross that bridge when it comes to it,” Lampard told talkSPORT.

“I am very happy with what I’ve got, but it is something we would always look to as Chelsea.

“Can we improve in areas and only do business if we can improve and it feels it is the right thing for the group. Not just personnel-wise, but in the balance and the way we are going.

“I will look at that one, but at the moment I can’t ask for any more.

“It’s nice that what happens at the appeal is really down the list of my priorities at the minute, the real priority is going game to game and trying to improve all the time.”

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