/Chelsea news: Frank Lampard responds to rumours he will replace Maurizio Sarri ahead of Championship play-off

Chelsea news: Frank Lampard responds to rumours he will replace Maurizio Sarri ahead of Championship play-off

Frank Lampard has addressed the rumours linking him with the Chelsea manager’s job.

Lampard has impressed in his first season as manager with Derby County and has led them to the Championship play-off final.

Frank Lampard went nuts after Derby’s triumph over Leeds United at Elland Road

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Frank Lampard went nuts after Derby’s triumph over Leeds United at Elland Road

He will face Aston Villa at Wembley on Monday, with commentary live on talkSPORT, with a place in the Premier League up for grabs.

Speculation has surrounded current Blues manager Maurizio Sarri with some linking him to the vacant Juventus job.

Lampard addressed those rumours in an interview with talkSPORT ahead of the play-off final.

Maurizio Sarri has been linked with the Juventus job

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Maurizio Sarri has been linked with the Juventus job

“I’m not an idiot,” he told talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams.

“I know the rumours and they were there earlier on in the season. The first thing I will say is that Maurizio Sarri is their manager, so from my point of view I should not be saying too much anyway.

“We have a huge game on Monday and the way this club has welcomed me and the opportunity it has given me, and I’ve got two years on my contract, my focus can only be on this game.

“The Chelsea link is an obvious one because of my career there and it might mean we’ve had a pretty good season here and I’m happy with that.

“Monday is huge for this club. It’s huge for me and I want to make sure that any Derby fans that might say ‘what’s Frank thinking?’, I’m absolutely thinking about this game and after the game I will sit with Mel (Morris, Derby owner) and say whatever the result where are we going forward with the club?”

Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Frank Lampard IN FULL above!