New Chelsea manager will be handed ‘unique’ terms

Chelsea will assure Frank Lampard that he has at least one year to prove himself at Stamford Bridge given the ‘unique’ situation the Blues face in the transfer market.

Chelsea are currently serving a two-window transfer ban and Frank Lampard will not be able to make signings if, as expected, he takes over at the Bridge.

Derby County confirmed that they had permitted Chelsea to speak to the 41-year-old and he is understandably keen on returning to his former side.

However, having just lost Eden Hazard, Frank Lampard is concerned about the task facing him at the west London club and wishes not to tarnish his reputation with fans.

But the Telegraph reports Frank Lampard will be told he will be given time and barring huge downturn fortunes he will be given at least one full season, after signing a three-year deal.

The Premier League giants are content to pay £4 million in compensation to Derby for the manager given they received £5m from Juventus’ appointment of Maurizio Sarri.

Jody Morris is likely to join the English manager as assistant coach once he makes the move, but it remains to be seen whether Gianfranco Zola stays. The Italian served under Maurizio Sarri, but his role could be reduced given Morris’ presence.

Despite the club’s transfer ban, Mateo Kovacic is already registered as a Chelsea player and the club can make the move a permanent one if they wish.