Harry Redknapp believes it will be 'very difficult' for Derby County owner Mel Morris to release Frank Lampard to Chelsea.
Lampard is said to be on the top of a shortlist for possible replacements at the Bridge, following the exit of Italian Maurizio Sarri.
The Italian has moved to take over Juventus, leaving a vacancy that Lampard could fill having been ear-marked as 'the right candidate'.
However, Redknapp, who's Lampard's uncle insists it is not going to be easy for all the parties involved, further revealing how he helped the former Chelsea midfielder secure the Derby job.
“It’s going to be difficult for Mel, for Derby and for Frank. It’s not like he’s got problems there and wants to get away. It would be a great move for Frank, a great chance for him. His heart is at Chelsea. The fans would love him back there. I’ve not met a Chelsea fan who hasn’t been excited by the thought of Frank going there," he said as quoted by Tribuna.
“But Derby is a good club. I’m sure he has built a good relationship with Mel Morris. It would be a massive blow for Derby. Mel has been so pleased with what Frank has brought to the club. Every time I’ve spoken to Mel he has spoken so highly of Frank," he added.
Chelsea are said to be ready to hold talks with the England international, whose first season in professional management was marvellous.
Lampard led Derby to a second-place finish in the Championship and narrowly lost to Aston Villa in teh Play-offs.