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Lampard keen to reunite with 19-year-old Derby starlet at Chelsea



Chelsea keen on a summer swoop for Max Bird

According to Derbyshire Live, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard could be set to swoop for 19-year-old Derby Country midfielder Max Bird.

The 19-year-old who plays in central midfield for the Rams, made his first-team debut under Lampard last season.

He has made 18 appearances so far for the first-team and has contributed with two assists. Bird currently plays alongside English legend Wayne Rooney in the Derby midfield.

The youngster has not only drawn the attention of Lampard but also his assistant manager Jody Morris.

Max Bird has a fan in Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard is a fan of Max Bird

If the move goes through, he could become the third player to reunite with the former Derby boss at Stamford Bridge. Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori are the two other players. (h/t Derbyshire Live)

The Blues boss has been generous in his praise of Bird even after leaving Pride Park last summer. The youngster was named the Championship apprentice of the year last season.

Lampard has quoted the player’s temperament and also his desire to improve as crucial components of Bird’s character.

“He stands out as a young man.”

Lampard was in charge of Derby until last summer
Lampard left Derby to take charge at Chelsea

Chelsea are currently experiencing a youth revolution under Lampard. A number of promising young players have made their mark in the first-team under the English legend. It remains to be seen if Bird will be added to the list come summer.

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Lampard enjoyed a successful tenure at Pride Park. He almost took the Rams to the Premier League, only for them to fall at the final hurdle in the playoff final. (h/t BBC)

He later left his position to replace Maurizio Sarri last summer.

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