Frank Lampard has been announced as manager of Chelsea, making his return to Stamford Bridge on a three-year deal.
Following his appointment Lampard sent a message to chelsea fans, but the 41-year-old was quick to thank Derby for the support he received as manager of the Rams.
The Chelsea legend has been in talks with the club for several weeks but finally sealed his move to West London following a one-year stint as manager of Championship club Derby County.
The former England midfielder played a key role in Chelsea’s golden era and is loved by chelsea supporters, making 648 appearances and scoring a club record 211 goals between 2001-2014.
In that time, he won three Premier League titles as well as the Champions League.
Chelsea, however, have been handed a two-window transfer ban by world soccer’s governing body Fifa for breaching rules regarding the international transfer and registration of players under 18.
The club appealed against the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport last month.
The ban could force Lampard to put his trust in youngsters, a blueprint he developed at Derby where he blooded a number of Chelsea loanees.
Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham were all involved in the playoff final at Wembley and they could all be back in west London next season.
With teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi having made the breakthrough under Sarri last season, Lampard may appear the ideal choice to construct a Chelsea side based on youth.
Chelsea, who finished third in the league last season, kick off their 2019-20 campaign against Manchester United on 11 August.