Frank Lampard is “one of several candidates” for the Chelsea manager’s job, according to former teammate Petr Cech.
Lampard is expected to be appointed at Stamford Bridge this summer as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement.
Derby confirmed last week that they had granted permission for the 41-year-old to talk to his former club about the role, before providing another update on Monday morning.
The Championship side stated that Lampard had been ‘excused’ from reporting for pre-season training until Wednesday ‘to allow his discussions regarding a potential move to Chelsea to be concluded as soon as possible’.
Derby say the next few days will be ‘focused on fitness training’, thus it is not absolutely necessary for the manager to be present.
He remains the overwhelming favourite to take over, although new technical and performance advisor Cech cast a modicum of doubt over his arrival.
“The club has identified several candidates, the situation is open,” he told Czech News Agency.
“Frank is one of them. Before the first team begins preparations we want to solve the issue of the new manager.
“The most important thing is to choose a new manager, it will be crucial in the context of further work.
“The coach will have ideas for the team, we will be completing the team for next season. He will have to look at the players and decide who will go to Japan.”