Frank Lampard: Derby manager excused from training for Chelsea talks

Frank Lampard: Derby manager excused from training for Chelsea talks

Frank Lampard made 648 appearances at Chelsea, winning 11 major trophies with them

Derby have excused boss Frank Lampard from reporting for pre-season training duties, with the club expecting him to be offered the Chelsea manager’s job.

Lampard will not be at training on Monday or Tuesday as talks continue with the Blues, where he spent 13 years as a player.

Derby made the decision so the move can be “concluded as soon as possible”.

If Lampard leaves, the Championship side expect to have a replacement confirmed by the end of the week.

Rams assistant manager Jody Morris will also be absent from training.

It is widely assumed Morris will move to Chelsea with Lampard, should the former England midfielder be given the manager’s job and succeed Maurizio Sarri, who lefgt Stamford Bridge to take over at Juventus last month.

Derby’s players will largely be doing fitness tests over the next couple of days, so the club feel they can operate without anyone in overall charge.

The squad are due to fly to Florida for a training camp on Thursday.

A Derby statement released on Monday said: