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Frank Lampard confirms Chelsea future as Mauricio Pochettino decision made



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Frank Lampard has publicly confirmed for the first time his future at Chelsea following their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.

The 44-year-old was appointed on a caretaker basis until the end of season last month after replacing Graham Potter.

Lampard has only managed to claim one victory from his nine games in charge of Chelsea, drawing one and losing the other seven. The latest defeat came on Sunday against Premier League champions Manchester City as Julian Alvarez fired past Kepa Arrizabalaga to clinch all three points.

Despite the loss, it was a performance that pleased Lampard, who reflected: “We played pretty well and I am pretty pleased with the performance. It is tough here no matter what team City put out, internationals and quality young players contributing through the years.

“For us, it was a tough game and we played well after the first 15 minutes where we gave them too much respect. After the goal, we created enough here to score one or two goals.”

Lampard will be replaced by Mauricio Pochettino this summer. Official confirmation of the 51-year-old’s arrival has yet to be given by Chelsea, however his move to Stamford Bridge on a three-year contract is all but done.

However, Lampard has confirmed he will not be remaining at Chelsea next season after revealing he would not be interested in staying at the club.

“No,” responded the Chelsea interim boss when asked whether or not he’d be interested in staying on as a coach.

He added: “A new manager will come in and bring his own coaches.”

Manchester United and Newcastle United await in their final two Premier League games before the season concludes. Lampard wants to see more pride, some of which has been lacking.

“We need to show forward momentum in the last two games to get to where we want to be. We can never be happy losing at Chelsea, but that performance deserved a draw out of the game.

“You should always play for pride for Chelsea. There is an incoming manager, and if that is the motivation then fine. At times they have fell short of that but today we got close to pride, you can see it in the performance and in the team. We played through midfield and switched the play, and it is a small step.”