Frank Lampard speaks on Eden Hazard’s situation at Chelsea

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has said that Eden Hazard is irreplaceable at Chelsea amid speculation that he could join Real Madrid this summer. The Belgian has just 13 months remaining on his current deal with the Blues and reports suggest that he has already made his mind up to join Real Madrid during this summer’s transfer window.

Speaking to TalkSPORT, Lampard hailed Hazard as one of the top players in the world and said that his former club may not be able to replace him in their ranks. He went further to suggest that the Blues may have to cope his absence by promoting youth, given they are currently under a two-window transfer ban.

Frank Lampard satisfied with point against Birmingham City

Derby County boss Frank Lampard has said that he is satisfied with the point gained during the Championship meeting against Birmingham City on the road. The Rams had the opportunity to secure a second league win on the bounce, but that was not meant to be againsta Birmingham side, which produced a quality performance with limited possession.

Speaking after the game, the former Chelsea man acknowledged that the Blues are always a tough opposition at St Andrew’s and he is pleased with the eventual outcome from the game, he said: “It was a point won as Birmingham is a tough place to visit. It was a hard-fought game with two different styles of football. I was pleased with what we did because we dealt well with a lot of their stuff other than the two corners from which they scored. We are not a big team and we have to deal with these sort of situations. They are bigger than us but we have to compete and make it difficult for them. Of course I am disappointed as we should deal better with these situations.”

Frank Lampard expects plenty of ups and downs

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has said that there could be plenty of ups and downs in the final weeks of the season. The Rams are currently five points behind the playoff places but Lampard remains optimistic about the club’s chances of making the top six before the campaign concludes next month.

Speaking to Rams TV, the former Chelsea star said that the club must bounce back from the disappointing result in midweek and they have plenty of positives, given fifth-placed Aston Villa and sixth-placed Bristol City are prepared to tackle each other this weekend, he said: “We have to win games. We are in the race and come off the back of a disappointing performance and result against Blackburn Rovers in midweek but there are many twists to come.

Frank Lampard: Eden Hazard’s exit must be right for him and Chelsea

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has admitted that he is unsure whether Eden Hazard will remain with the Blues beyond the ongoing campaign. The Belgium international has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid since the return of Zinedine Zidane at the helm and they have been reports indicating that a transfer could be finalised regardless of the Blues ongoing transfer ban.

Speaking to Sport360, Lampard hailed the qualities of his former teammate and suggested that any team in the world would prefer to utilise the services of the Belgian. He added that he has no idea regarding the player’s position, although any decision should be best for the club and the player himself.

Frank Lampard hands warning to Derby County players after FA Cup exit

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has said that the team can forget about promotion to the Premier League, if they replicate the first-half performance against Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup fifth round. The Rams were hugely disappointing during the first half of the Cup tie where they went two goals down but the game still produced a tense finish with Ashley Cole scoring a late goal which eventually proved nothing more than a consolation.

Speaking after the game, Lampard bemoaned the team’s first-half display against Brighton, where they were found out defensively on numerous occasions without any response on the opposite end. However, the former Chelsea star was pleased with the comeback during the second period and suggested that the team must go with that kind of mindset to end their Premier League drought.

Frank Lampard confirms Derby County are close to signing Efe Ambrose

Speaking to reporters, Lampard was pleased with the character of the Nigeria international, who has previously won four Scottish Premiership titles with Celtic. He added that the versatile defender is not entirely up to shape and he may take some time to make an appearance irrespective of signing for the Championship side.

"I have found him very nice, very good, very friendly, so as a character I think he would be great for us anyway. I watched a lot of him, I know his strengths. He is a tall defender, very committed, wants to play on the ball, and quick. It is just about making sure about his level of fitness and that both sides are happy it is going to work. Now we are talking about Efe Ambrose, who hasn't been playing, so that will be a challenge but if it feels a challenge worth taking to improve the squad, I have no fears about doing it," he said.

Frank Lampard reacts after Derby County’s FA Cup triumph over Southampton

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has praised the mentality of his players after the team came from 2-0 down against Southampton to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Rams had found themselves trailing by two goals in the 70th minute of the replay but they managed to level the scores with Harry Wilson and Martyn Waghorn before eventually winning the penalty shootout.

Speaking after the game, Lampard was pleased with the comeback where the team showed the perseverance despite trailing during the backend of the game, he said: “It takes a lot to come back against Premier League opposition and show that fight. They made me proud. At 2-0 down it was easy to give up and they didn't. I've got a really good dressing room with great characters. They wanted to play, to run when fatigue kicks in and we thoroughly deserved to win the game.”

Frank Lampard hails his players after dramatic comeback triumph at Norwich City

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has praised the response from his players after they came from behind against Norwich City to secure a 4-3 triumph in the end. The Rams had found themselves with a 3-2 deficit in the 81st minute of the clash and they thereafter had a lengthy 20-minute wait with one of the floodlights failing to operate.

On their return to the field, the Rams stepped up their game and they managed to eventually seal a dramatic triumph with Florian Jozefzoon and Jack Marriott finding the scoresheet. Speaking after the game, Lampard joked that he had wanted the game to be called off during the floodlight mishap but he is now elated with the final outcome.

Derby County boss planning potential signings for the New Year

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that he could re-enter the market for new recruits when the transfer window reopens. The former Chelsea star was very active during the summer where he recruited a number of forward-minded players and the move has certainly paid dividends with the Rams making a quick start to the campaign.

Despite this, there have been the occasional flaws in the backline which have cost the club, and speaking in a press conference, Lampard confirmed that he may consider new signings based on the situation at the turn of the year, he said: “Yes, and the targets can change. It is very fluid. From week to week you can change. It is a considered effort from myself and from the club from above. We do things together. In the summer we worked very well together and going into January I think it will be the same. If there are targets, it will be minimal, it won't be lots. It will be targets I think can help the team and the squad.”

Derby County manager reacts after disappointing defeat to Aston Villa

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has said that the defeat to Aston Villa was a ‘wake up’ call for the team. The Rams had come into the game on the back of a six-match unbeaten run in the Championship but they were simply outclassed by Aston Villa, who picked up a comfortable 3-0 win at the Pride Park Stadium.

Speaking after the match, Lampard appeared to suggest that the Villains had come with the better ambition in the game and his side cannot take any team for granted with the immense competition in the Championship, he said: “That if you come up against a team who can run further than you and have a desire maybe to run a little bit further on the day, for whatever reason, then you are going to struggle.

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