Wayne Rooney has opened up on Chelsea’s imminent deal for Frank Lampard, and admits it will be a massive boost to the young English managers in the game.
The club record goalscorer has impressed as boss of Derby over the past 12 months and owner Roman Abramovic is determined to bring him back to the club where he spent 13 successful seasons.
And after Derby admitted that the former England start is now free to take to us Rooney has said that Lampard’s appointment will be a boost to players who aspire to go into management after retirement.
“I think it’s brilliant for Frank, but also for any young English players, or players who’ve just finished playing, to see big teams like Chelsea giving Frank an opportunity to prove himself,” Rooney said on the London Evening Standard.
“I’m sure at some stage over the next few years Steven (Gerrard) will get that opportunity at Liverpool.
“Scott Parker, John Terry at Aston Villa – it’s great for myself, who wants to go into management, to see these lads getting opportunities and it gives you hope that it will happen for you.”
Meanwhile, Willian has backed incoming Frank Lampard to succeed here at Stamford Bridge.
It is believed that Lampard has agreed a deal with the club worth around the same kind of money as Sarri, £5.5 million-a-season, and also has a clause in his contract which suggests he will not get the sack in the first two years.
And now Brazilian star Willian, who is all set to sign a new contract, has backed the former midfielder to come in and do a great job at Stamford Bridge.
He told Fooyball.London: ‘He deserves so much respect and backing for what he has already achieved at the club. If Chelsea do bring him in, he will be very welcome.
‘Is he definitely going to be the next manager? I don’t know. But I think he would be up to the task.
‘He was a great player, and he is a great person. He’s only starting his managerial career now, but he has everything it takes to be a success.’
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