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Frank Lampard reiterates standpoint regarding links with Chelsea manager job

Frank Lampard’s strong season with Derby County in his first campaign as a manager has seen him linked with former club Chelsea over and over again. But, Lampard insists that he is not letting links get in the way of his plans for The Rams.

There have been reports over the past few weeks claiming that Lampard could depart the club this summer with doubts and concerns regarding the club’s ownership and financial situation circulation. That combined with links to Chelsea has led to concerns among Derby County fans.

However, Lampard’s latest words are surely a sign that he is not being lured away from Pride Park by Chelsea. He stated that the rumours are not affecting him or his team and he is looking ahead to planning for the summer.

“I can’t do much,” said Lampard on Wednesday night (quotes via Derbyshire Live).

“Having played for Chelsea for 13 years, and the link I have with them will go on forever, it possibly means if Chelsea have their moments, which we all know they have had there, then I am an easy link. So was Zidane before he took the Real Madrid job.

“Does it affect me? Absolutely not because I have a three-year contract here. I am planning for pre-season, I am planning recruitment in the summer, and planning before that getting promoted, if we can.

“In terms of the players. My opinion is it absolutely affects nothing because it doesn’t change anything in the way I work. It is bits of rumour here and there, it affects nothing.

“It doesn’t affect the players at all. If it does, they are wrong because they should be worrying about themselves first, how they affect the team, how they train and how they play.

“I can tell you my pure focus is on the club and doing what I can do here.”

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