Chelsea legend Ashley Cole has given his backing for Derby boss Frank Lampard to replace Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.
We are apparently willing to move on from Sarri after just one season, despite the Italian leading the club to a third-place finish in the Premier League, the Carabao Cup Final, and the Europa League final.
Sarri has been tipped to take over from Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus and we are reportedly looking to the Championship for a potential replacement, with a move for Lampard high up on the list.
Now, Cole has seemingly given his backing for Lampard to take over, as he praised the boss to the Chelsea website
“Frank has done a great job,” he explained.
“People say it’s easy to come into a job like this instead of a lower league team, but this was a tough job and there was a lot of pressure on him to get the team up.
“His training is hard, it’s intense. He’s got a brand of football and Derby has an identity now.
“It’s Frank’s way of playing out from the back, midfielders running in behind, so it’s good to watch.”
Matthijs de Ligt has refused to rule out a move to the Premier League.
Regarded as one of the finest talents of his generation, De Ligt has been tipped to become one of the best central defenders in the game after helping Ajax win their first League title in five years and also helping the Dutch side reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.
And we have been given a huge boost as De Ligt admited that he is interested in a move to the Premier League or La Liga.
The defender was quoted on the Daily Express: “Where do I see myself? Well, obviously the Premier League is a big competition, Spain also, but you have other competitions, it’s not (just) about those two.
“I still don’t know anything about where my future is, so I see how it goes.
“First, we have to play two games (in the Nations League) and then after that, we’ll see what happens next.”