Chelsea’s Lampard linked with Ranieri reunion at Monaco

Frank Lampard could be set to reunite with the manager who first brought him to Chelsea, Claudio Ranieri, as French second division side Monaco line up a move for the England international, the Daily Mail has reported.

Ranieri was the Chelsea manager when in 2001 the Blues paid West Ham United £11m to sign Lampard, who has gone on to become a Chelsea icon, the club’s vice-captain and a highly-decorated player, winning the Premier League title three times, the FA Cup four times, the League Cup twice and the Champions League once.

Lampard and Ranieri spent three years working together before the Italian manager was sacked by Roman Abramovich and replaced with Jose Mourinho. Despite their parting more than eight years ago, the Mail claims Lampard has retained a respect for Ranieri, with the feeling also said to be mutual.

Chelsea have yet to open contract negotiations with Lampard despite his current deal expiring in the summer, with interim manager Rafael Benitez revealing he expected both Lampard and Ashley Cole to leave the club at the end of the season. Monaco could look to capitalise on Lampard’s availability and, while Monaco could not match Lampard’s £130,000 per week wages, the principality is tax free, which could help the financial side of the deal, the Mail adds.

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