Frank Lampard responds to Chelsea links if Maurizio Sarri is sacked

Frank Lampard has dismissed rumours linking him with the Chelsea job if Maurizio Sarri is sacked.

The former fans’ favourite, who played 13 years for the Blues and is their record goalscorer, is in his first managerial job with Derby County.

Sarri, meanwhile, is odds-on favourite with bookmakers to be the next Premier League boss out of a job after the 6-0 thrashing at Manchester City.

At a Derby press conference on Monday, Lampard said: “My job is here. We’re working very hard and my thoughts are on Ipswich Town on Wednesday and Brighton on Saturday.”

Chelsea’s worst defeat in the league since going down 7-0 to Nottingham Forest in 1991 leaves them sixth in the table.

Lampard hopes to see them return to form and challenge the top four.

He added: “With my Chelsea hat on, 13 years as a player there, you have a feeling for it and it’s not nice, it’s not easy. It doesn’t happen to Chelsea much so when it does it’s a shock.

“But they’re going up against an incredible team and I had some time at Manchester City as well.

“I have some feelings for them. The work Pep Guardiola and their incredible squad have done is something special.

“For Chelsea it was a tough day. With all top teams the important thing is you come back strong, no matter what type of defeat. What makes top teams is resilience and Chelsea as a club will have it.”

Zinedine Zidane is the bookies’ favourite to replace Sarri if he gets the boot, with former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola second in the betting.

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