Friday 23 August 2019

Kante, Luiz and Giroud added to Lampard's Dublin squad

Dublin debut: Frank Lampard. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Dublin debut: Frank Lampard. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Matt Law

Frank Lampard has added 13 more players to his squad at Carton House, including N'Golo Kante, David Luiz and Olivier Giroud, ahead of the first match of his reign against Bohemians tomorrow night at Dalymount.

While Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Andreas Christensen, David Luiz and Emerson also return to work, Carlo Cudicini does not make Lampard's backroom staff.

However, the club's former goalkeeper is poised to stay at Stamford Bridge in a new role. Cudicini was one of former head coach Maurizio Sarri's assistants and was still listed on the club's website yesterday among the first-team management staff.

However, Cudicini has not travelled to Dublin with new head coach Lampard and his squad for the start of pre-season training and will not be among his staff.

Chelsea expect to retain the 45-year-old, however, and are in talks over a return to his old job as a club ambassador.

Unlike Gianfranco Zola, who was only on a one-year contract and opted to leave with Sarri, Cudicini is on a permanent staff contract and can be easily redeployed if a new role is agreed.

Lampard has confirmed that he will be assisted by Jody Morris, Chris Jones, Joe Edwards and Eddie Newton this season, while it is understood Hilario has been taking goalkeeping coaching in Dublin.

After the first match of Lampard's reign tomorrow night in Dalymount, the Blues take on St Patrick's Athletic on Saturday before flying to Japan.

Zola, meanwhile, has claimed Chelsea would have benefited from Sarri staying for a second season.

Lampard did not want Zola as part of his staff and the Italian is believed to have turned down the opportunity to stay as a club ambassador.

Asked by Talksport if he would have liked to stay, Zola replied: "Yes, very much. Of course, it (leaving) is always painful, but we have to be professional.

"I am based in England, my family has been living in England for a while and we're planning to stay for a few more years, so that's the idea

"I think the best of Maurizio's work comes not in the first year, but more from the second year onwards.

"It takes a little bit of time to put in place what he wants to do. But, after the players get used to it, they get better and better." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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