Chelsea legend Frank Lampard admits he would "love" to be given a long-term role at Stamford Bridge but is not sure if the Blues will offer him a position after the sudden exit of technical director Michael Emenalo, who resigned earlier this week.
Emenalo, who played a key role in bringing Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois to Stamford Bridge, surprisingly ended his 10-year association with the Premier League champions on Monday (6 November), leaving Antonio Conte's men without a technical director ahead of the January transfer window.
Lampard, Chelsea's all-time top goalscorer, praised Emenalo for all his fine work in west London before admitting that he would loved to be "involved" in the club's hierarchy amid suggestions that fellow Blues legend Didier Drogba and Hull City manager Leonid Slutskiy are in the frame to replace Emenalo, whose next step remains to be seen.
"I worked with Michael for seven or eight years and his role at the club coincided with the most successful period in Chelsea's history so I think he deserves a lot of credit from that," Lampard told Sky Sports. "Everyone at Chelsea wishes him well as he moves on.
"In terms of myself, I don't know. I'm a Chelsea person, I'd love to be involved with the club long-term in some way. We'll see."
The technical director position may not be the only role that Chelsea will need to fill in the coming months. French giants Paris Saint-Germain have contacted Blues boss Conte, according to Le Parisien, and may move for the fiery Italian if current manager Unai Emery fails to guide the Ligue 1 leaders to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Conte worked wonders last season as he guided Chelsea to the Premier League title at a canter, but the former Juventus boss has never seemed to be truly happy since arriving in the summer of 2016 and flirted with a return to his homeland a few months ago.
PSG are not the only team interested in taking him from west London, according to the report; AC Milan are monitoring the Italian's situation amid uncertainty over current boss Vincenzo Montella. Conte is widely expected to leave Chelsea at the end of the season, though PSG will look to extend Emery's contract, which expires next summer, if the former Sevilla boss manages to win the Champions League.