Avram Grant responds to Chelsea return link to help Frank Lampard

Avram Grant insists he has not received any approach from Chelsea about returning to Stamford Bridge to assist Frank Lampard.

Earlier this week, reports claimed that Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, was considering bringing the 65-year-old back to Stamford Bridge to provide support for Lampard and his coaching staff.

After an encouraging start to the season, Chelsea’s form drastically dipped in December and Lampard’s side have picked up just one win in their last seven Premier League games.

Grant was first brought to Chelsea by Abramovich in the summer of 2007 as a director of football but the Israeli ended up replacing Jose Mourinho after just a few months at Stamford Bridge.

However, Grant insists there has been no approach from Chelsea to bring him back for a second stint and has issued his support for Lampard.

‘I read the links in the media connecting me about returning for Chelsea, I’ve received so many positive messages from Chelsea fans on Instagram, thank you,’ said Grant.

‘But I must say, I didn’t receive any official approach from the club.

‘I can repeat only about what I said lately about the situation at Chelsea.

‘Be strong, look for solutions and what everybody needs now is time.

‘It’s good for Frank that I believe he will do the job well and it’s good for the club. Good luck to everybody.’

Lampard, meanwhile, insists he had anticipated the pressure he would be under before Chelsea’s poor run of form over the past six weeks.

‘I was very aware when I came into this job, if you manage a top Premier League club… you have to understand that pressure will come very quickly at times. And the pressure is constantly there anyway,’ the Chelsea manager said this week.

‘Earlier in the season, we had a lot of great things coming through and then a tough patch.

‘These two weeks have given us a chance to focus on the basics of our game, what we are and how we want to play and I just want to see those things come through.’

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