Chelsea open Lampard talks as they prepare for Sarri's departure

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According to Turin based newspaper TuttoSport, the Europa League winners are lining up the Toon boss to take over from Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.

"I think he has done a good job", said Lampard's former West Ham team-mate Ferdinand.

His arrival was met with boos and banners from fans and the hatred lasted all season, despite him leading the club to Europa League success, and he was replaced at the end of that season by Jose Mourinho.

At the time, he explained: "What I have in mind is that I would like to be back in the summer, in June, for a new club, for a new pre-season". However, he is still held in high regard by club owner Roman Abramovich and could be offered the job having just completed his first full year as the manager of Championship side Derby County.

The Blues have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but as things stand, they will not be able to sign players this summer.

But the club have not asked for the two-year ban, imposed on the club by Federation Internationale de Football Association after allegations Chelsea broke regulations over signing young players, to be frozen.

However, Chelsea are expected to resist selling Emerson as they are now under a transfer ban and will not be able to bring in a replacement.

'I will actually be surprised if they look elsewhere'.

"Chelsea have had the best young kids in the country for a while now - Manchester City are coming around to that but for a good few years Chelsea have had the best kids and none of them get in the first team".

"So are you going to continue doing that, and keep blowing money away with these managers who you have to pay up after two years?" If they want to change that there is no one but Frank. I had to say no.

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