The Chelsea Echo understands that despite Derby County opening contract talks with Frank Lampard, the Chelsea legend will be returning to the club and replacing Maurizio Sarri.

We understand that Lampard does want to return to Chelsea, and he is also Chelsea’s number one choice at the moment.

The Chelsea Echo understands that the players also believe that Lampard will be the next manager, but the only thing which could change this situation is if the owner Abramovich has a ‘U-Turn.’

Lampard will be bringing former Chelsea head of youth Jody Morris with him as his assistant manager, with Drogba possibly also returning back to the Bridge.

Remember, this is the situation at the moment. In football, anything can change.