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Lampard distances himself from replacing Sarri at Chelsea

Derby boss Frank Lampard has rejected the idea that he could take over the Chelsea job from the struggling Maurizio Sarri. 

The Italian manager has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks following three consecutive away losses in the Premier League to Arsenal, Bournemouth and Manchester City, conceding 12 unanswered goals in the process.

It was recently reported that the former Napoli boss had two weeks to save his position as Chelsea manager with a string of cup fixtures on the horizon.

Former Chelsea star Lampard has been thrown into the mix as a potential replacement should Sarri lose his position in the near future, but the Derby County manager has rejected that notion outright.

“It’s certainly a club I respect and a manager that I respect so it wouldn’t make me smile or anything different because my job is here,” Lampard said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday night’s game against Ipswich.

“I’m working very hard and my whole thoughts are with Ipswich Town away on Wednesday, and travelling down to Brighton in the FA Cup [fifth round] at the weekend.”

Lampard isn’t the only ex-midfielder to be linked with the Chelsea job, as Zinedine Zidane is supposedly on the South London club’s radar as well. 

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