Ultimately, while nothing has been confirmed yet, it looks as if the lure of a Chelsea return will be too much for the former England worldwide to ignore.
Tammy Abraham says Chelsea's transfer ban provides "a great chance" for the club's young players to make a breakthrough at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard, 41, was installed as favourite for a return to Stamford Bridge after Maurizio Sarri departed to take over at Juventus on June 16. "I'm going to have a couple of weeks and then come back hitting the ground running", Abraham told the Guardian. "I am excited and I am sure the rest of the players are".
Some of them just want the saga done so their own club can get on with their pre-season preparation and transfer plans, while a few thanked Lampard for his efforts.
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Folau's legal team will next Friday begin conciliation with RA and the case will be heard before the Fair Work Commission. The fullback was on a four-year contract worth more than A$1 million annually when he was sacked.
Blues icon Frank Lampard is reportedly the front-runner for the job, following an impressive season at the helm of Derby County, with reports Chelsea are preparing an approach for their former midfielder imminently.
Lampard's assistant, Jody Morris, was involved in the youth set-up at Chelsea for five years before joining Lampard at Derby and could also be in line to join the Blues' senior coaching staff.
Chelsea will officially announce the appointment of a 40-year-old specialist after finishing talks with Derby County.
In total he scored 110 goals in 352 appearances, winning two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one EFL Cup and two Europa League titles.
Kovacic meanwhile faces an uncertain future, having been on loan at Chelsea on loan last season after wanting to leave Madrid for more regular game time.