Derby County’s Tom Huddlestone has said he wants Frank Lampard to stay at Pride Park next season.
The experienced midfielder played 31 times under the former England international.
Lampard, who is being linked with a move to former club Chelsea, guided the Rams to the brink of promotion to the Premier League this past season.
Huddlestone has said, as per a report by Derbyshire Live: “Yeah, I think obviously the fans want him (Lampard) to (stay), the players want him to. We’ve fought for him all season and it’s just a shame we couldn’t quite get over the line.”
Reflecting on the campaign, the 32-year-old said: “I think overall, being the manager’s first season, nine new (summer) signings, young lads coming in, everyone clicked instantly, especially off the pitch. I think it’s been positive. We’ve gone a step further than we did last year.”
“It’s disappointing (not to get promoted), obviously, but once the dust settles down over the next few weeks, come pre-season, we can probably look at it as a positive season.”
Derby will have to go again next season in the Championship and try and compete at the top end of the division again.
Loanees like Harry Wilson, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, all of whom have been crucial players under Lampard, will return to their parent clubs. Therefore, experienced players like Huddlestone will have to step up in the next campaign and lead the way for the Pride Park club.