CHELSEA legend Frank Lampard has been confirmed as the football club’s new manager.
The midfielder and club record goalscorer played for the team for 13 years. He signed the final paperwork for his move from Derby County last night (Wednesday. July 3) before being officially unveiled as manager.
His predecessor Maurizio Sarri had previously moved to Juventus after winning this year’s Europa League.
Speaking about the news Lampard, aged 41, said: “I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as head coach. Everyone knows my love for this club and the history we have shared, however, my sole focus is on the job in hand and preparing for the season ahead. I am here to work hard, bring further success to the club and I cannot wait to get started.”
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia commented: “It gives us great pleasure to welcome Frank back to Chelsea as head coach. Frank possesses fantastic knowledge and understanding of the club and last season, he demonstrated he is one of the most talented young coaches in the game.
“After 13 years with us as a player, where he became a club legend and our record goalscorer, we believe this is the perfect time for him to return and are delighted he has done so. We will do everything we can to ensure he has all the support required to be a huge success.
Chelsea are understood to have paid Derby, who Lampard took to the championship playoff final in his one season in charge, more than £4 million in compensation.
He has signed a three–year £4 million a season deal and will bring with him assistant Jody Morris and fitness coach Chris Jones.
Speaking about Derby, Lampard said: “I would like to say a special thank you to Mel Morris (the chairman), the players, staff and everyone who is associated with Derby County. It has been a fantastic experience for me, and I feel privileged to have managed such a prestigious club. Most of all, I want to thank the fans who supported me and the team from the day I arrived in the city. I wish everyone the best of luck going forward.”
Lampard left Stamford Bridge in 2014 having won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League. He is also the Blues player to have represented their country more than anyone else in its history. He retired from England duty with 106 caps and 29 goals to his name, hanging up his boots for good in February 2017.