Legendary midfielder agrees three-year contract, taking over from Maurizio Sarri

After what has felt like an eternity, Frank Lampard has officially been announced as the newest manager of Chelsea Football Club.

Lampard has signed a three-year contract, which will keep at the club until 2022, with him becoming the thirteenth managerial appointment since Roman Abramovich took ownership of the Stamford Bridge club 16 years ago.

Lampard takes over from Maurizio Sarri, who was announced as the new manager of Juventus after both clubs agreed on a compensation package in the region of £5-10m for the Italian to return to Italy and take charge at the reigning Serie A champions.

Frank Lampard takes over as Chelsea manager from Maurizio Sarri, who has returned to Italy to join Juventus as their new manager (Photo – Telegraph)

The legendary Blues midfielder – who scored 211 goals and won twelve major honours in thirteen years as a player – returns home after spending last season as manager (in his first managerial role) at EFL Championship side Derby County, getting them into the play-offs, become succumbing to Aston Villa in the play-off final.

Lampard informed Derby of his desire to become Chelsea manager recently and the Rams gave the Blues permission to negotiate a deal, with both clubs agreeing on a compensation fee, believed to be in the region of £4m.

Upon his return to the club where he became a legend, the 41-year-old feels nothing but pride…

‘I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as head coach. Everyone knows my love for this club and the history we have shared, however, my sole focus is on the job in hand and preparing for the season ahead. I am here to work hard, bring further success to the club and I cannot wait to get started.’

Club Director also had a few heartwarming words for the club’s record goalscorer and arguably the greatest player to ever play for the club…

“It gives us great pleasure to welcome Frank back to Chelsea as head coach. Frank possesses fantastic knowledge and understanding of the club and last season, he demonstrated he is one of the most talented young coaches in the game.

After 13 years with us as a player, where he became a club legend and our record goalscorer, we believe this is the perfect time for him to return and are delighted he has done so. We will do everything we can to ensure he has all the support required to be a huge success.”

Frank Lampard signing his contract with Club Director Marina Granovskaia (Photo – Chelsea FC)

Frank returns to a Chelsea side that experienced a mixed season that ultimately ended in success under Sarri – with the Blues winning the UEFA Europa League as well as finishing third in the Premier League, ensuring Champions League football returns to SW6 next season.

Lampard ‘s first competitive match in charge of Chelsea will take place against Manchester United in the opening weekend (11th August) of the 2019-20 Premier League season, before facing current UEFA Champions League champions Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul, Turkey three days later.

Welcome home Frank.

Terry Sazio & Chris Bradford

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