Rams excuse Lampard
Frank Lampard has been excused from pre-season training with Derby as he continues discussions about becoming Chelsea manager.
Rams boss Lampard was last week granted permission to speak to the Premier League club with a view to succeeding Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.
Derby are searching for a new manager on the assumption the 41-year-old will leave Pride Park.
"Derby County Football Club has excused Frank Lampard from reporting back for pre-season training to allow his discussions regarding a potential move to Chelsea to be concluded as soon as possible," read a statement on the club's official website.
"On the assumption that Frank will reach an agreement with Chelsea to become their new manager, the club shall step up its efforts to find a replacement manager."
Derby owner Mel Morris feels it is only a matter of time before Lampard and Chelsea reach an agreement.
"I'm assuming so. It's a matter between Chelsea and Frank at this stage, but they've now got the opportunity to finalise matters," Morris said.
"When Frank and I first met, we discussed this very eventuality. Our belief is that Frank and Chelsea need to have the time to finalise the transaction between them."