Chelsea coach welcomes Lampard arrival and £45 m midfielder tells friends he wants to be a Blue next season

Chelsea coach Carlo Cudicini believes his old team-mate Frank Lampard would do well at Stamford Bridge

After the departure of Maurizio Sarri after one season, a Champions League place and Europa League title. All the speculation in the media over the past few weeks have been about the imminent arrival of Lampard.

And after Derby admitted that the former England start is now free to return, Cudicini has welcomed back his former team-mate.

“It’s hard to give an opinion until the club have announced a new manager,” Cudicini told the London Evening Standard.

“But I know Frank, I played with Frank. I think that, for the club, it would be fantastic. He has just started his career, but in football you can’t really plan much. Sometimes, a chance comes along and if you have the chance, you have to take it.

“Obviously, for the club, he was such an important player and potentially as a coach he can be too. I think he has all the ability to become a great coach, but he has just started. He had an important season at Derby, so we’ll see what happens.”

Meanwhile, Mateo Kovacic has reportedly told his team he wants to join us on a permanent deal this summer.

There are many who believe we should forget about handing the midfielder a deal and give the younger generation a chance, as he has not made that much of an impact on the side this summer.

However, Spanish outlet AS claim Kovacic has given the ‘green light’ for the move, despite an impending two-window transfer ban.

We have the option of signing Kovacic as he’s already a registered player at the club, despite the fact  he could cost us a whopping £45 million to sign him on a permanent deal this summer.

And although we may need him as we cant buy players, he could be a waste of money in the long run going by his performances over the past 12 months.

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