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Frank Lampard has made it clear that he hopes to extend his contract with Chelsea and has discussed when he thinks the Blues could become concrete title challengers.
Chelsea’s record scorer, Lampard returned to West London as manager last summer. He led the Blues to the Champions League qualification and the FA Cup final in his first campaign.
The 42-year-old has overseen the rebuilding of a £ 220 million squad. That has Chelsea on a 15-game unbeaten streak in all competitions before Saturday’s clash with Leeds.
While Lampard has downplayed talks about a dispute with Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa, his long-term focus remains Chelsea’s success.
And Lampard has admitted that he would enjoy the opportunity to increase the 18 months remaining on his current contract with Chelsea.
“In terms of my contract, the time I’ve been here seems to have flown by,” he said. Lampard.
“Okay, I have 18 months left and I felt it when I came to the club. I knew there were many circumstances at the beginning that were going to make last year transitory and perhaps a bit difficult.
I felt like I took the job in a different position than the more recent Chelsea coaches. People are sympathetic to that too and I think it was a success.
“Now I feel like I would love to be part of the long-term plan here.
“The signings we made in the summer, in addition to probably Thiago Silva, were signings for now and for the future. Players who are going to progress and who are going to mature and, of course, I would love to be part of that.
Of course that’s the club’s decision and above all the owner’s decision, so I have to move forward with the short term. That starts with Leeds.
“But I don’t think anyone would expect me to say anything more.
“I am a lucky man to run the club that I love and that is my life. So of course I want to be successful and be here as long as possible. “
Lampard credits Cech for bringing unity
Lampard’s arrival at Chelsea last summer coincided with the appointment by the club of his former teammate Petr Cech to the board.
Cech’s role as technical director has generated much greater symmetry between the coaching staff and the board.
Lampard sees that relationship as a genuine force for the Blues. But he insists that only owner Roman Abramovich has the right to create a scenario in which a manager could create a dynasty.
When asked if he was the right man to remain at the helm of Chelsea for the better part of a generation, Lampard replied: “That will only be decided by the owner. All I can do is look at what is in front of me. Since I came here, the relationship I have with Petr has been a great strength for me. I get along very well with him and I think I hope we work well together.
“The communication I have with (the director) Marina Granovskaia is very regular.
“I try to do everything I can for the club, for the best of the club on and off the pitch. I can’t go much further than that.
“I would love to do this job as long as possible, but I am also very aware that it is based on results.
“At the moment, I think we are working towards achieving something and people are getting very excited. Were be mentioned as in a title race this year.
“I always saw it as a longer plan than that and it could take until next year for us to really challenge. That’s because of the signings, because of the adaptation process.
“What we are doing right now is really getting people excited. But I know we have to be consistent throughout the season.
“I’m really not thinking too much about my future. I’m just thinking about game by game right now.
“I guess the future will take care of itself anyway after that.”
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Lampard analyzes England’s goals
Lampard’s former teammate at Chelsea, Branislav Ivanovic, has this week singled out the Blues manager as a future England manager.
Lampard admits that one day he would enjoy the opportunity to coach England. However, he insists he remains focused solely on trying to build a long-term future at Chelsea.
“First of all, I appreciate the words of Brana, he is a good friend, so I appreciate the positive words,” said Lampard.
“It’s certainly nothing that’s on my radar in the short term. I am very patriotic, I loved to play for my country. But for the moment, I’m focused on trying to do my best here in the long term, that’s all I can think of.
“I appreciate it and if there was ever an opportunity later on, it’s something I would certainly look at. But you should never go too far in this job. “
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