Chelsea players have been left in limbo by the delay in appointing Maurizio Sarri’s successor.
Frank Lampard is the man Chelsea want to be their next boss but the club have yet to make an official approach to Derby.
Moves to secure Lampard’s romantic return to his former club are expected to accelerate next week. Players will start arriving back for pre-season the week after next, and Chelsea want their new manager in place before the start of July.
But until then, a number of players are being forced to wait before clarifying where they will be next season.