Club chief all but confirms Frank Lampard has joined

A reliable source has confirmed that Frank Lampard’s move to Chelsea has reached its advanced stages.

The 41-year-old was earlier reported to be in talks with the Chelsea board and it now looks as though both parties have finally reached an agreement and an official announcement is expected to be made in the next 48 hours.

Derby County Owner Mel Morris tacitly confirmed that they have lost their manager to Chelsea when he revealed that they granted Lampard the permission to discuss terms with the west London club.

Morris told talkSPORT: “Frank and I discussed this eventuality. Frank and Chelsea need to have the time now to finalise the transaction between them.

“In fairness, Frank was away on vacation and didn’t come back until Friday – that was a big factor.”

Frank Lampard was exempted from the start of pre-season training by Derby County as he finalises his return to Chelsea as head coach.

Lampard has reportedly agreed a three-year deal worth £16.5m deal with a clause that he will be given at least two seasons to prove his worth at the club.

Derby are entitled to receive a £4m fee as a settlement for allowing Lampard leave despite having two years left on his current contract with the Championship side.

Despite still considered inexperienced to manage a top Premier League club, the Blues fans should be happy as they finally get a manager who shares similar ideologies with them and understands the club’s core values.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have announce the signing of Mateo Kovacic on a permanent transfer from Real Madrid.

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