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‘He would be up to the task’ – Willian discusses Frank Lampard upcoming appointment as Chelsea manager

Chelsea winger Willian reckons Frank Lampard will be ‘up to the task’ of managing the club, if, as expected, he is named the clubs next permanent manager.

Lampard has been given permission by Derby County to speak to Chelsea about replacing Maurizio Sarri, after the Italian decided to return to Italy after just one season at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking after Brazil’s Copa America win over Paraguay, Blues winger has said that this former teammate’s impressive trophy record during his time as a player will mean that he earns plenty of ‘respect’.

“He is a legend,” Willian told football.london.

“He was an extraordinary player for the club, winning every possible title.

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“He deserves so much respect and backing for what he has already achieved at the club.

“If Chelsea do bring him in, he will be very welcome.”

There have been some questions as to whether Lampard is ready to take such a high profile job after just one year in management, steering Derby to the Championship playoff final, but Willian reckons that the club record goalscorer has ‘everything it takes to be a success’.

“Is he definitely going to be the next manager? I don’t know,” he added. “But I think he would be up to the task.

“He was a great player, and he is a great person.

“He’s only starting his managerial career now, but he has everything it takes to be a success.”

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