Tammy Abraham says ‘there is no better guy to play under’ than Frank Lampard amid continuing speculation the former midfielder will be Chelsea’s new manager.
The Derby County boss is being touted as the ideal candidate to replace Maurizio Sarri, who left to take charge of Juventus earlier this month, despite Lampard’s lack in experience in the dugout.
His Rams side lost the Championship play-off final to Aston Villa at Wembley at the end of his first season as Pride Park boss.
With the club facing a two-window transfer ban imposed by FIFA, Abraham feels this is a good time to be a young player at Stamford Bridge and he hopes he’ll have caught Lampard’s eye in that recent play-off decider.
“Yeah, if it was Lampard to take over the job. I believe in myself and there is no better guy to play under as well,” the 21-year-old said, who scored 26 times on loan for Aston Villa last season.
“He’s someone you have grown up watching and has been at Chelsea forever. Like I say, he knows about me as well – I played against his [Derby] team in the Championship play-off final!”
On Chelsea’s lingering transfer ban, Abraham says the younger players in and around the first-team squad must view it as their chance to break through and shine.
“Yes, definitely. That’s how all the young players at the club are looking at it,” he added. Chelsea are 23.00 to win the Premier League next season and 1.95 for a top-four finish.