Derby keen to tie down Lampard to new contract

Soccer – Barclays Premier League – Chelsea v Cardiff City – Stamford Bridge

Soccer – Barclays Premier League – Chelsea v Cardiff City – Stamford Bridge

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard will reportedly be named the club's new manager in the coming days after incoming sporting director Petr Cech approved his appointment.

The Sun is reporting that the west London club are hoping to get the Brazil global to commit his long-term future to the Stamford Bridge outfit by getting him to sign a new deal.

According to UK Sun report, the Czech Republic icon disclosed earlier in the year that he will be quitting the game at the end of the season, with his final turning out to be Arsenal's Europa League final defeat to Chelsea.

And it is understood that Russian owner Roman Abramovich and CEO Marina Granovskaia have already spoken to Cech about who should take over the reins when Sarri leaves.

At the last count, the likes of Javi Gracia and Nuno Espirito Santo have been linked with the Chelsea managerial job, but Cech is backing Lampard for the role.

Derby County are hoping that they can convince Frank Lampard to remain with them although will not stand in his way if Chelsea finalise talks over appointing him as their new manager.

Former Blues midfielder Lampard is the odds-on favourite to replace the 60-year-old, having impressed in his first season as a manager by guiding Derby to the Championship play-off final.

The Premier League club will, however, have to pay £3.5 million to buy him out his contract at Derby should they finalise a move for their legendary former player, with Sarri now all set to join Juventus.