Frank Lampard responds to Chelsea link following Derby playoff defeat

Frank Lampard consoles Fikayo Tomori following defeat at Wembley (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Frank Lampard consoles Fikayo Tomori following defeat at Wembley (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Frank Lampard has responded to speculation linking him with the manager’s job at Chelsea following defeat with Derby in the Championship playoff final.

The Rams were beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa at Wembley, meaning the club miss out on promotion to the Premier League.

Despite the loss, Lampard has received heavy praise from the job he’s done at Pride Park this season and has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge to potentially replace under-fire boss Maurizio Sarri.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, the former Blues midfielder refused to be drawn on the rumours, insisting he is happy in the East Midlands.

“I’m not interested in speculation. It’s not more likely,” Lampard insisted. “What is more likely is I’ll sit down with owner over the next few days when the dust has settled. He’s been brilliant.

“I’ve got a two year contract and I love working at this place so yeah, we’ll see.”

Derby County manager Frank Lampard watches the action from the touchline (John Walton/PA Wire)
Derby County manager Frank Lampard watches the action from the touchline (John Walton/PA Wire)

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Derby reached the Wembley showpiece following a strong finish to the season and an impressive semi-final victory over Leeds.

But the final proved a game too far as goals from Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn condemned them to another season in the second tier.

While understandably disappointed with the result, Lampard was pleased with the effort shown by his players on the day.

“My overriding feeling is pride. That group, they’ve managed to get this far and I’m just proud.

“We contributed big time, especially the last half an hour. It was notoriously tight.

“First half, I don’t think there was much in it. Maybe they shaded it.

“Once we started to get on the ball, and play the way we really wanted to play.

“If we get the goal at the end, we go on and win the game. we were the team pushing at the end.”