Former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele is backing his ex-teammate Frank Lampard to deliver success from the Stamford Bridge dugout.
The 41-year-old is expected to succeed Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager after being given permission by Derby County to speak to his old club, and Makelele believes a potential return to SW6 can only be seen as a positive.
“For me, it’s good the ex-legends come back to the club. I hope so,” the Frenchman was quoted as saying by Goal.
“I’m sure he [Lampard] wants to give everything for Chelsea. So, of course, I’m happy for this idea of the club to bring back a legend. He’s ready. He knows what is needed to bring success to the club.
“Frank is someone who is very professional, he focuses on details, focuses about the love he gives for Chelsea. I’m sure he will be a great manager for Chelsea.”
Makelele’s endorsement comes after another former Chelsea man, Dennis Wise, expressed his concerns over Lampard taking the Stamford Bridge hot-seat so early in his managerial career.
But given the predicament the Blues are currently in, the task looks as if it would be difficult for any manager in the world, something Makelele and everyone else should try to remember when setting expectations for the new season.
Chelsea, of course, will be without Eden Hazard following his move to Real Madrid and the club are unable to sign a replacement due to their transfer embargo.
The absences of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek due to injury, could also make life tricky for the next Chelsea boss as he looks to keep the 2017 Premier League champions in the top four.
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