Lampard responds to Chelsea links

English Premier League

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has responded to reports linking him with a return to Chelsea after impressing in the Championship this season.

Lampard took on the Rams as his first job managerial job in football and has led the club to the Championship play-off final.

With Maurizio Sarri's future still up in the air, the former Blues midfielder is among the names linked with the job, although he is not interested at the moment.

"I've said it a few months ago [response to links] and I find it quite difficult because they have a game coming up," Lampard was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"More importantly for me, we have a game before that. They also have a manager in (Maurizio) Sarri who is trying to get them to win that [Europa League] final.

"It's been a bit of an obvious link all season. We've had a good year and I get linked because of my 13 years with the club.

"I understand the link but in terms of how I'm seeing it, I don't want to think or talk about it. I want to talk about Monday, I want to talk about the team and get this over the line."