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Conte coy on offering olive branch to Chelsea legend

As quoted by The Daily Mail, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has refused to rule out a return to the club for Frank Lampard as a coach if he decides to retire from playing in the near future.

The news comes as a further boost to our Blues fans here in the Transfer Tavern who are currently enjoying seeing their side top of the Premier League table after they beat Middlesbrough on Sunday.

That came as the club’s sixth game without conceding and coincides with Conte’s tactical switch to a 3-4-3, something he’d no doubt get Lampard to work on if he was to link up with the club once again.

The midfielder is seen as one of the greatest to have played for the Stamford Bridge side and would undoubtedly be welcomed back with open arms by the fans if he does decide to start coaching.

A final decision on that, though, is yet to come from the former England man and Conte has said he will not, himself, make a call on anything until that decision is made.

“Frank Lampard has been a great player, a fantastic player for Chelsea. He won a lot with this team. But now for me he’s still playing and for this reason I don’t know his future” he said.

”I repeat: he has been a fantastic player, a legend for this club. I have great respect for him.  For me it’s very difficult to reply to the question when the question starts ‘if’. It’s important to know.”

Lampard recently left New York City FC in the MLS and is now back in this country ahead of his next move in football.

Surprise moves to both Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion have been mooted for the Stamford Bridge icon, though the west London locals are teary eyed at the mere thought of him returning in some capacity.

How good a coach could he be Chelsea fans? Let us know below…

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