FRANK LAMPARD admitted it was his dream to manage Chelsea in an interview three years ago.
Lampard is on the verge of signing a £16.5million three-year deal to take charge of his old club as successor to Maurizio Sarri.
Though Derby owner Mel Morris has claimed he is still holding out hope Lampard would snub Chelsea in favour of staying with the Rams, it is now largely a formality that he will be confirmed in the job.
His appointment will come in time for him to begin work on the first day of pre-season on Monday.
And for Lampard, events over the past few weeks have seen him realise a plan he first admitted he was putting in place back in 2016.
Speaking in an interview with Soccer AM personality Tubes, the 41-year-old was asked about going into management, and taking charge of Chelsea in particular.
He said: “I had a period early on in my career when I really fancied it, then I thought ‘you know what, no I don’t fancy the managerial thing’ and now I’m more back onto it.
“As soon as I finish I want to take it up, but it’s hard as I only want the Chelsea job!
“Nah, I’m just joking, I actually really respect managers who go the right way about it.”
Asked about the Chelsea job he added: “Only if I was good enough, if it was right and they wanted me and it was at the right time, then yeah of course.
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“Whether I’m a Chelsea man or not, Chelsea is one of the pinnacle jobs in football. They are one of the top clubs in Europe, the world.
“I would love to. I don’t want to throw myself in there and say I’m the next Chelsea manager because I might a while to get there.
“But in the dream, of course, I want to be the Chelsea manager.”