Chelsea chiefs have identified Leicester City head coach Brendan Rodgers as a potential replacement for Frank Lampard if they decide to sack the under-fire manager.
Chelsea legend Lampard is fighting to save his job at the club after his team slipped seven places in the Premier League table in the space of six weeks.
The blues went top of the table in early December but have lost five of their last eight games to slip to eighth, five points outside Champions League place.
While Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich respects Lampard and wants him to succeed, he will not stand for many more below-par performances, particularly after he sanctioned a £200m spending spree last summer window.
However, If Lampard goes, the club could look to move for Rodgers, according to the Daily Mirror. It is reported the Chelsea hierarchy have been impressed by the Leicester City coach, who is one of the most highly-rated managers in Europe.
Rodgers almost led the club to the Champions League last year – though Leicester eventually finished fifth – and they are currently third, two points behind the league leaders Manchester United.
Despite the intense speculation over his future at Stamford Bridge, Lampard says he ignores the talk and the rumours about those who could replace him at the club.
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‘I don’t listen to it,’ said Lampard. ‘It’s only everywhere if you want to scroll through social media or something, but I don’t do that.
‘I’m not stupid, I know the pressures that come with managing a top football club, but I just do my job, it doesn’t matter to me.
‘The pressure is fine, you’re obviously happier when you’re winning games. I was obviously happier in October and November than now. I just have to get on with the job.’