Frank Lampard excused himself from the Derby preseason to conclude the return of Chelsea

LONDON: Derby County has excused manager Frank lampard From the start to the pre-season training program of the Championship club, the former midfielder is expected to complete his return to Chelsea this week.

Lampard received permission last week to speak with the Blues, with whom he won 13 trophies in 13 years as a player at Stamford Bridge.

Derby County Football Club has excused Frank lampard from reporting back for pre-season training on Monday and Tuesday to allow his discussions regarding a potential move to Chelsea to be concluded as soon as possible, Derby said in a statement on Monday.

In the event that Frank reaches an agreement with Chelsea to become its new manager, the club will intensify its efforts to find a replacement manager.

Chelsea has been looking for a new manager since Maurizio sarri He left to take over Juventus last month.