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Lampard: ‘I would love to be part of the long-term plan here’

Sat 05 December 2020 | 9:49

Frank Lampard’s contract expires in 18 months and he has expressed his desire to stay at the club.

Chelsea

manager

Frank Lampard

’s contract expires in 18 months and he has expressed his desire to stay at the club beyond his current contract.

Lampard guided the club through a transitional season last year and spent £220 million on new players last summer to take the Blues to the next level.

Those new deals have already made an impact with Chelsea aiming to top the

Premier League

table as they have a 15-game unbeaten run in all competitions and have won their

Champions League

group with a game to spare.

“In terms of my contract, time seems to have flown by and I’ve got 18 months left," Lampard said. "I felt it when I came to the club, I knew there were a lot of circumstances at the beginning that were going to make last year transitional and maybe slightly difficult.

"I felt like I took the job in a different position to most recent Chelsea managers. I think people sympathize with that as well. Now, I feel like I would love to be part of the long-term plan here.

"The signings we made in the summer, other than probably Thiago [Silva] particularly, were signings for now and the future, players that are going to progress and who will mature, and, of course, I would love to be part of that.

"Of course, that’s the club’s decision and the owner’s decision first and foremost, so I have to get on with the short term which starts with Leeds tomorrow. But I don’t think anybody would expect me to say anything else.

"I’m a lucky man to be managing the club that I love and is my life. So, of course, I want to make a success of it and be here as long as I can.”

Lampard is aware that his future is in the hands of Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich, who has been hiring and firing managers with none of them lasting three years or more.

“That will only ever be decided by the owner and the only thing I can do is look at what’s in front of me and at that minute," Lampard said when he was asked about his stay at the club. "Since I came in here, the relationship I have with Petr Cech [the performance and technical advisor at Chelsea] has been a huge strength for me.

"I get on so well with him and, hopefully, we work well together. The communication I have with Marina [Granovskaia, Chelsea director] is very regular. I try and do all the things I can for the club, for the best of the club on and off the pitch and I can’t get much further than that.

"I said before I would love to do this job as long as possible but I’m also very aware it will be based on results. At the minute, I think we’re working towards something and people are getting very excited and mentioning us being in a title race this year.

“I always saw it as a longer plan than that and it might take until next year for us to really challenge, because of the signings, because of the bedding-in process. What we’re doing at the moment, it’s really getting people excited, but I know we need to be consistent throughout the season.

“I’m genuinely not thinking too much about my future. I’m just thinking about the game-to-game at the minute. I guess the future will look after itself either way after that.”

Chelsea have not seen many English managers and Lampard is Chelsea’s first English manager in 23 years.

After he expressed his desire to stay at the club, he was asked if managing England is something he has his eye on.

"It’s certainly not anything that’s on my short-term radar," he added. "But I’m very patriotic, I loved playing for my country but, at the moment, I’m focused on trying to do my best here in a long-term way, which is all I can think about.

"I appreciate if there was ever an opportunity, later down the line, it’s something I would certainly look at but you should never get too far down the line in this job."


source: SportMob