Ashley Cole linked with shock return to Chelsea

Newly appointed Chelsea manager Frank Lampard wants former club defender Ashley Cole to join his coaching staff at Stamford Bridge, according to reports.

The new Blues boss has already formed most of his team coaching staff, with Jody Morris his assistant head coach,

Eddie Newton and Joe Edwards making up some of the backroom staff while Chris Jones joining as a first-team coach and

Lampard signed Cole for Derby last campaign and the Sun reports that the 41-year-old is considering offering his former team-mate a place in his coaching staff.

Cole is set for end his football career after a season at Derby and Frank Lampard heaped praise on the ex-Chelsea man after his appointment as the blues head-coach.

He said: ‘First of all, I needed him as a player at Derby.

‘And then there’s the extra stuff in terms of what he brings as a professional

‘Ash is great for the group. He was always first in at training, friendly with everyone and humble, even though he was the best left-back in the world for a long period.’

The Blues handed Lampard a three-year deal and will kick off his Premier League season with a game against bitter Premier League rivals Manchester United on 11 August.

Lampard has begun his pre-season preparations and has already player first game against Irish club Bohemians, however, is unable to sign any new players due to the Blues transfer ban.