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Derby County manager Frank Lampard

Report: Lampard in talks over Derby contact extension despite Chelsea links

Derby County have begun talks with their manager Frank Lampard over extending his contract, despite the 40-year-old being heavily linked with taking over from Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea boss.

Lampard impressed with Derby last season in what was his maiden campaign as a manager, guiding the Rams to the Championship playoff final and securing a famous win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup.

The former England international current contract still has two years left to run, and according to Sky Sports, Derby are pressing ahead with talks over a new long term deal.

However, Lampard is the clear favourite to take over as Chelsea manager from Juventus bound Sarri, although the Stamford Bridge outfit are yet to make a formal approach.

If Chelsea do decide to appoint their all-time leading goalscorer as their new boss, the Blues will have to pay Derby £4 million in compensation.

Although Lampard is said to be massively grateful towards Derby for giving him his start in management, it is thought he will find an approach from Chelsea too good an opportunity to turn down.

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