No Chelsea approach for Lampard - Derby chairman Morris

Frank Lampard is the favourite to take over at Chelsea but Derby County say it has not received an approach for him yet.

Frank Lampard led Derby County to the Championship playoff final in his first season as manager.   -  Getty Images

Chelsea has not approached Derby County about making Frank Lampard their new manager, Rams chairman Mel Morris has said.

Blues legend Lampard is seen as the favourite to take over at Stamford Bridge following Maurizio Sarri's departure to Juventus.

Lampard led Derby to the Championship play-off final, where it lost 2-1 to Aston Villa, in his first season in senior management.

 

"We have made it very clear to everyone, but most importantly to Frank, that we want to retain Frank for the long term," said Morris in a statement reported by BBC Sport.

"If Chelsea want to hire Frank, then it is in their gift to make an offer in pursuit of that.

"In the meantime, we will continue to put our best foot forward to continue with our plans for the coming season and work with Frank for him to know how much he is wanted by everyone associated with the club."

Lampard is Chelsea's all-time top scorer with 211 goals and is fourth on the all-time appearance list having featured 648 times in a decorated spell with the club.

He won every major honour in English football with Chelsea and also lifted the Champions League and Europa League.