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No talks for Terry to join Lampard at Derby County

frank lampard john terry - cropped Frank Lampard (L) and John Terry celebrate a Chelsea win in 2014 (source: Getty Images)

New Derby County boss Frank Lampard says there have been no talks over signing former Chelsea team-mate John Terry.

Lampard was appointed as the Championship club’s new manager on Thursday, signing a three-year contract at Pride Park.

With Terry having left Aston Villa in the wake of their play-off final defeat, there have been suggestions the former Chelsea captain could be a target for Derby.

However, Lampard has denied there have been any discussions about bringing the defender to the club.

“I haven’t spoken to John,” he told a news conference. “I got a message this morning. At the moment he’s in Greece on holiday.

“There are conversations ongoing across the board; that isn’t one of them. These conversations start now. John’s had a great career but we’ll concentrate on what we want to do here.”

Former England star Lampard, who retired from playing last February, also denied receiving offers from more high-profile clubs before opting to move to the Rams.

“No, I didn’t,” he said. “I had other conversations, I wouldn’t go as far to say offers. This is the outstanding offer and hence why I’m here.”

The 39-year-old also insists he will have his own personality as a manager, having worked with some of the world’s finest coaches in his playing career, including Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Guus Hiddink.

“I had the pleasure of so many great managers; I’m not a clone of any one manager I had,” he added. “I saw what I thought was the good, and the bad of them, I’ll make my own judgements. I’ll be open.”

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