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Chelsea have lined up their all-time leading goalscorer to replace Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri took charge of Italian champions Juventus on Sunday, penning a three-year deal with the Serie A giants.

Lampard has been Chelsea’s No.1 target to replace Sarri, whose future with the west Londoners has been in major doubt for the last six months.

The former Blues star has shone during his maiden season in management with Derby County, guiding the Rams to the Championship play-off final.

Chelsea chiefs have been thoroughly impressed by what they’ve seen of their former midfielder, so much so they’ve made overtures to take him back to the club.

Lampard, however, had reservations about taking the job over fears he’d be given the boot if he failed to immediately reach the club’s targets.

But according to The Sunday Times, Abramovich has told the 40-year-old he’ll be given at least two years to turn around Chelsea’s fortunes.

They claim Abramovich personally called Lampard to reassure him he’d be given time to prove he’s the man to take Chelsea forward.

What remains now is for Chelsea to agree a compensation package with Derby, which is expected to come from the money they received from Juventus for Sarri.

It’s understood Derby are willing to part company with Lampard, but only if they receive a fee of £4million..

Lampard’s lack of experience in the top-flight will concern some Chelsea fans.

But his former Blues team-mate Glen Johnson believes he can be a success at Stamford Bridge.

“I think Lampard will definitely be Chelsea manager one day, and it might be sooner than I anticipated,” Johnson said during an appearance on talkSPORT.

“Could he do the job? Now might be slightly too early and I’m sure Lamps would probably agree with that, but I definitely think he’ll be capable of being successful as the Chelsea manager.

“I personally think it’s too early, but I could also see it happening. It’s exciting.

“I actually want him to get the job, I think he’d be great there.”



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