Frank Lam­pard re­acts favourably to­wards Chelsea re­turn talk

Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

LON­DON - Frank Lam­pard has re­fused to rule out a re­turn to Chelsea af­ter Michael Eme­nalo this week left the tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor’s role.

Nige­rian Eme­nalo left the role af­ter six years in Mon­day to end a 10-year spell at the Bridge in a move that is un­der­stood to have had the sup­port of boss An­to­nio Conte.

Lam­pard has been linked with tak­ing over from Eme­nalo, although it’s un­der­stood Chelsea have asked di­rec­tor Ma­rina Gra­novskaia to take a more hands on role re­gard­ing trans­fers and there­fore may de­cide not to di­rectly re­place Eme­nalo.

Eme­nalo has been linked with a sim­i­lar role at Monaco, while Lam­pard was asked whether he would fancy the job at a coach­ing ses­sion in Tokoyo on Thurs­day.

And the 39-year-old ad­mit­ted he was “a chelsea per­son” and claimed he would “love” to be in­volved with the club again af­ter a 14year play­ing spell.

“I wor k ed with Michael for seven or eight years and his role at the club co­in­cided with

the most suc­cess­ful pe­riod in Chelsea’s his­tory so I think he de­serves a lot of credit from that,” said Lam­pard.

“Ev­ery­one at Chelsea wishes him well as he moves on. In terms of my­self, I don’t know. I’m a Chelsea per­son, I’d love to be in­volved with the club long-term in some way. We’ll see.”

Lam­pard was asked about his own am­bi­tion in man­age­ment and replied: “I need to learn. “Hav­ing played for 20 years doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily make you a great man­ager, so I have to learn the ropes, but I would love to be able to put my ex­pe­ri­ences as a player. “Of course, hav­ing been in Chelsea for so long, that would be the club, that would be my dream, but that’s not an easy path.

“I’ve worked with many man­agers so I’d like to think that I could take the good and the bad from all the man­agers I’ve had and find my own way. I would love to work with young play­ers and try and im­prove them not just as play­ers but as young peo­ple.”

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