Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of club legend Frank Lampard as their new manager according to BBC Sport sources.

The 41-year-old Romford-born former midfielder has joined The Blues from Derby County who he had managed for the last 13 months.

Lampard has long been linked with replacing UEFA Europa League-winning coach Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge and it has now been confirmed that he has completed the move, signing a three-year deal with The Blues in the process.

In his 13 years at Stamford Bridge as a player, Lampard made 648 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions while he netted an astonishing 211 goals. Lampard’s honours won with The Blues include three English Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups as well as the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. He was also voted the Chelsea Player of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2009.

After leaving the South West Londoners in 2014, Lampard spent time with both Manchester City and American club New York City before retiring and taking up his first managerial post at Derby County last summer.

In his time in charge at Pride Park, Lampard won 42.1% of his matches while he guided The Rams to within 90 minutes of an English Premier League return before a Wembley Sky Bet Championship play-off final defeat to Aston Villa in May.

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