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Morris: Tough time if Lampard goes

Last Updated: 26/06/19 2:24pm

Frank Lampard is on the verge of a return to Chelsea

Frank Lampard is on the verge of a return to Chelsea

Mel Morris admits Derby will face a "tough time" should manager Frank Lampard leave to return to former club Chelsea.

The Rams are hopeful for a swift conclusion to discussions after granting Chelsea permission to speak to the Blues' all-time top goalscorer on Tuesday, with pre-season looming.

The Chelsea job comes around pretty frequently, and it was always going to be there for Frank, we just didn't think it'd be after one season"

Mel Morris

Derby owner Morris says he and Lampard discussed the likelihood of a move back to Chelsea before offering the former England midfielder his first managerial job last summer, and the owner insists he has "no regrets" about allowing him to hear what Chelsea have to say.

"We're going to have a tough time ahead if Frank goes. If he'd done a bad job at Derby this season then this wouldn't be happening," Morris told talkSPORT.

"When Frank met me for the first time we spoke about this opportunity and we knew that somewhere down the line it would happen, although we thought it would be some way off.

"You don't have to give permission but we talked about this eventuality. Let's be honest, the Chelsea job comes around pretty frequently, and it was always going to be there for Frank, we just didn't think it'd be after one season.

1:08 Frank Lampard has the 'aura' to be a success at Chelsea and his appointment would be good for young English managers, says Kevin Nolan.

Frank Lampard has the 'aura' to be a success at Chelsea and his appointment would be good for young English managers, says Kevin Nolan.

"It's impossible in a situation like this. The last thing you want is, if someone has a desire to go, them looking over their shoulder. I have a great relationship with Frank - and Chelsea - and this will continue."

Lampard, who enjoyed a glittering 13-year playing career at Stamford Bridge, has been strongly linked with the job since Maurizio Sarri left his role as boss earlier this month to take over at Italian champions Juventus.

"I would have been more critical if it was a lower half Premier League club but this is one of the top jobs in football and we have to respect that. It's a huge decision for Frank and a huge decision for Chelsea and I have no regrets, however this works out."

0:38 Gary Neville says Frank Lampard would give game time to Chelsea's younger players if he is appointed as the new Blues boss, but admits that the current Derby manager would have to maintain the club's continued tradition of success.

Gary Neville says Frank Lampard would give game time to Chelsea's younger players if he is appointed as the new Blues boss, but admits that the current Derby manager would have to maintain the club's continued tradition of success.

Lampard has impressed at the Rams, guiding them to the brink of promotion to the Premier League as they were eventually beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final.

Morris, who has not given up hope that Lampard will remain at Pride Park, added: "After the play-off final my belief was Frank would still be with us this season, and I hope that is still the case.

Derby owner Mel Morris insists a deal has not yet been reached

Derby owner Mel Morris insists a deal has not yet been reached

"I'm hoping he will manage us next season and I'm not giving up hope on that but it will happen at some point in the future that Frank goes to Chelsea, I just hope it's not now."

Morris revealed that "more than a fair number" of agents had called since he had given Chelsea permission to speak to Lampard, revealing he had already received around 12 applications for the job.

0:45 Sky Sports News speak to Derby fans outside Pride Park about who they would want to replace Frank Lampard if he joins Chelsea.

Sky Sports News speak to Derby fans outside Pride Park about who they would want to replace Frank Lampard if he joins Chelsea.

Asked what he would be looking for in a new manager, should he lose Lampard, Morris said: "Someone who will embrace the academy - like Frank has - and have a relationship and connection with the fans.

"And there's an expectation at the club that we have to play football a certain way."

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Morris: Tough time if Lampard goes

Last Updated: 26/06/19 2:24pm

Frank Lampard is on the verge of a return to Chelsea

Frank Lampard is on the verge of a return to Chelsea

Mel Morris admits Derby will face a "tough time" should manager Frank Lampard leave to return to former club Chelsea.

The Rams are hopeful for a swift conclusion to discussions after granting Chelsea permission to speak to the Blues' all-time top goalscorer on Tuesday, with pre-season looming.

The Chelsea job comes around pretty frequently, and it was always going to be there for Frank, we just didn't think it'd be after one season"

Mel Morris

Derby owner Morris says he and Lampard discussed the likelihood of a move back to Chelsea before offering the former England midfielder his first managerial job last summer, and the owner insists he has "no regrets" about allowing him to hear what Chelsea have to say.

"We're going to have a tough time ahead if Frank goes. If he'd done a bad job at Derby this season then this wouldn't be happening," Morris told talkSPORT.

"When Frank met me for the first time we spoke about this opportunity and we knew that somewhere down the line it would happen, although we thought it would be some way off.

"You don't have to give permission but we talked about this eventuality. Let's be honest, the Chelsea job comes around pretty frequently, and it was always going to be there for Frank, we just didn't think it'd be after one season.

1:08 Frank Lampard has the 'aura' to be a success at Chelsea and his appointment would be good for young English managers, says Kevin Nolan.

Frank Lampard has the 'aura' to be a success at Chelsea and his appointment would be good for young English managers, says Kevin Nolan.

"It's impossible in a situation like this. The last thing you want is, if someone has a desire to go, them looking over their shoulder. I have a great relationship with Frank - and Chelsea - and this will continue."

Lampard, who enjoyed a glittering 13-year playing career at Stamford Bridge, has been strongly linked with the job since Maurizio Sarri left his role as boss earlier this month to take over at Italian champions Juventus.

"I would have been more critical if it was a lower half Premier League club but this is one of the top jobs in football and we have to respect that. It's a huge decision for Frank and a huge decision for Chelsea and I have no regrets, however this works out."

0:38 Gary Neville says Frank Lampard would give game time to Chelsea's younger players if he is appointed as the new Blues boss, but admits that the current Derby manager would have to maintain the club's continued tradition of success.

Gary Neville says Frank Lampard would give game time to Chelsea's younger players if he is appointed as the new Blues boss, but admits that the current Derby manager would have to maintain the club's continued tradition of success.

Lampard has impressed at the Rams, guiding them to the brink of promotion to the Premier League as they were eventually beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final.

Morris, who has not given up hope that Lampard will remain at Pride Park, added: "After the play-off final my belief was Frank would still be with us this season, and I hope that is still the case.

Derby owner Mel Morris insists a deal has not yet been reached

Derby owner Mel Morris insists a deal has not yet been reached

"I'm hoping he will manage us next season and I'm not giving up hope on that but it will happen at some point in the future that Frank goes to Chelsea, I just hope it's not now."

Morris revealed that "more than a fair number" of agents had called since he had given Chelsea permission to speak to Lampard, revealing he had already received around 12 applications for the job.

0:45 Sky Sports News speak to Derby fans outside Pride Park about who they would want to replace Frank Lampard if he joins Chelsea.

Sky Sports News speak to Derby fans outside Pride Park about who they would want to replace Frank Lampard if he joins Chelsea.

Asked what he would be looking for in a new manager, should he lose Lampard, Morris said: "Someone who will embrace the academy - like Frank has - and have a relationship and connection with the fans.

"And there's an expectation at the club that we have to play football a certain way."

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Can you name our Africa Cup of Nations stars?

Jordi Osei Tutu has joined 2.Bundesliga side VfL Bochum on loan for the 2019/20 season.

The 20-year-old has been a regular with the under-23s over the past two seasons, although injury limited him to just 11 appearances last term.

Jordi’s strong performances during the 2017/18 season resulted in him being named on the bench for two Premier League match that season, including at Old Trafford. He continued his development last summer as part of the first-team squad’s pre-season trip to Singapore.

The dependable full back joined us as a Scholar in summer 2015, signing as a young professional shortly afterwards the following October.

We wish Jordi the best of luck for his time with Bochum. The loan deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

Copyright 2019 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.

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Can you name our Africa Cup of Nations stars?

Jordi Osei Tutu has joined 2.Bundesliga side VfL Bochum on loan for the 2019/20 season.

The 20-year-old has been a regular with the under-23s over the past two seasons, although injury limited him to just 11 appearances last term.

Jordi’s strong performances during the 2017/18 season resulted in him being named on the bench for two Premier League match that season, including at Old Trafford. He continued his development last summer as part of the first-team squad’s pre-season trip to Singapore.

The dependable full back joined us as a Scholar in summer 2015, signing as a young professional shortly afterwards the following October.

We wish Jordi the best of luck for his time with Bochum. The loan deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

Copyright 2019 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka: Man Utd reach agreement with Crystal Palace to sign defender

Aaron Wan-Bissaka played in 35 Premier League matches for Crystal Palace in the 2018-19 season

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Crystal Palace to sign right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The deal is worth £50m and the 21-year-old England Under-21 international is set to travel for a medical imminently before going on holiday.

United have offered Wan-Bissaka a long-term contract and wages of up to £80,000 a week.

He is on £10,000 a week at Selhurst Park, the lowest-paid player in Palace's first-team squad.

Wan-Bissaka, who has been on international duty this month at the European Under-21 Championship, joined Crystal Palace academy when he was 11 and made his first-team debut in 2018.

United would pay £45m up front, which would make him the Old Trafford club's fifth-biggest signing, behind Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Angel di Maria and Fred.

A sticking point in negotiations was the 25% sell-on clause that United inserted into Wilfried Zaha's contract when they sold the winger back to Palace for £6m in February 2015.

The Eagles wanted the clause removed or reduced, but United eventually refused - based on the low fee they received four years ago - and it will remain in place.

If the deal is completed, Wan-Bissaka will be United's second summer arrival, after 21-year-old Wales winger Daniel James joined from Swansea for £15m earlier in June.


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