Chelsea boss Frank Lampard sends clear new contract message to owner Roman Abramovich

Frank Lampard says his sights are set on continuing as Chelsea manager for the foreseeable future despite being backed to be England manager in the future.

Lampard is in confident mood with his Chelsea side firing on all cylinders right now.

On Wednesday, the Blues thrashed Europa League champions Sevilla 4-0 to seal top spot in their Champions League group.

And ahead of Leeds’ visit to Stamford Bridge on Saturday night, Chelsea could go top of the table with a win.

Lampard has 18 months left on his contract and if the upward trajectory continues he is sure to earn himself a new deal.

This week, ex-Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic claimed he sees Lampard becoming England boss one day.

But while Lampard welcomed Ivanovic’s comments he insists his focus is solely on the work being done at Chelsea and wants to remain in place for the long haul.

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Lampard added: “Firstly, I appreciate Brana’s words, he’s a good friend so I appreciate the positive words in there.

“I appreciate it and if there was ever an opportunity, later down the line, it’s something I would certainly look at but you should never get too far down the line in this job.

“In terms of my contract, it seems to have flown by.

“I felt when I came to the club that there were a lot of circumstances at the beginning that were going to make last year transitional, and maybe slightly difficult, and I felt like I took the job in a different position from most recent Chelsea managers.

“I think people sympathised with that and I thought it was a success.

“Now I feel like I would really love to be part of the long-term plan here.

“The signings we made in the summer, other than probably Thiago Silva, are signings for now and for the future, players that are going to progress and mature and of course I would love to be part of that.

“Of course that is the club’s decision and the owner’s decision first and foremost, and I have to get on with the short-term, which starts with Leeds this weekend – but I don’t think anyone would expect me to say anything else.

“I am a lucky man to be managing the club that I love and is my life, so of course I want to make a success of it and be here as long as I can.”

 

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