Last Updated: 17/06/19 2:02pm
Harry Redknapp expects Frank Lampard to be named as Chelsea’s new manager and believes the Blues will secure a top-four finish next season despite losing Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
Derby owner Mel Morris revealed to Sky Sports News on Monday that they are yet to receive an approach from Chelsea for Lampard.
Chelsea are currently searching for a new manager after allowing Maurizio Sarri to return to Italy with Serie A champions Juventus.
While Chelsea are yet to formalise any interest in Lampard, Redknapp says it would be a shock if his nephew did not return to Stamford Bridge as Sarri’s successor.
“I think it will be a major surprise if he does not get the job. It looks to me as though it will happen,” Redknapp told talkSPORT.
“It’s brilliant for him. A shame for Derby. He has gone up there and done a good job. I’m sure Derby loved having him there, so it will be a shame for them, the club, the fans, but for Chelsea it is a great move for them.
“He is idolised at Chelsea. He is a genuine legend there. He knows the game, he knows what it’s about, he has a touch of class and I think he will be great.”
He added: “I see them next season finishing, at the best, third, probably fourth, around where they were last season.
“But it’s going to be tougher as they’ve lost their best player (Eden Hazard), but it might be a great opportunity to give these kids a game.”