Frank Lampard is ignoring “obvious” reports linking him with a return to Chelsea as he focuses on getting Derby into the Premier League.
Derby owner Mel Morris says there have been no approaches for his manager, although he does expect Lampard to take charge at Chelsea at some point in the future.
Lampard, however, is refusing to take his eyes off Monday’s Championship play-off final against Aston Villa as Derby bid to return to the Premier League after an 11-year absence.
When asked about the speculation surrounding Chelsea, Lampard replied: “I’ve said it a few months ago [response to links] and I find it quite difficult because they have a game coming up.
“More importantly for me, we have a game before that. They also have a manager in (Maurizio) Sarri who is trying to get them to win that [Europa League] final.
“It’s been a bit of an obvious link all season. We’ve had a good year and I get linked because of my 13 years with the club.
“I understand the link but in terms of how I’m seeing it, I don’t want to think or talk about it. I want to talk about Monday, I want to talk about the team and get this over the line.”