AVRAM GRANT has dismissed claims that he is set to return to Chelsea.
The Blues reportedly wanted to bring back the 65-year-old to help out Frank Lampard.
Avram Grant managed Frank Lampard while he was in charge at ChelseaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Grant – who who guided Chelsea to the Champions League final in 2008 – has denied the rumours.
Speaking on Instagram, he said: “I read the links in the media connecting me with a return to Chelsea.
“I have so many positive messages from Chelsea fans but I must say I didn’t receive any official approach from the club.”
Grant urged the Blues to back struggling boss Lampard despite the club’s poor run of results.
He continued: “I can repeat only what I said lately about the situation at Chelsea.
“Be strong and look for solution! What everybody needs now is time.
“It’s good for Frank and I believe that he will do the job well and is good for the club. Good luck to everybody.”
Lampard has also responded to the claims that Grant could be offered a new role at Stamford Bridge.
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Chelsea have won just seven times in the Premier League this seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
He said: “I don’t know anything about it so I prefer not to go any further with it.
“But in terms of football clubs now, they are huge businesses, a lot of people are employed.
“I remember being here with Jose Mourinho when he won back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006.
“Avram Grant joined the club in that following summer so it happens.
“So I don’t want to hang on exactly what it means because in a modern football club there are different roles for different people up and down the club.
“Sometimes a great line of communication to your board or an experienced person can be a great thing.
“But the most important thing for me always regarding personnel is that the team works together. The team, the club, the staff, that’s the biggest thing.”
Chelsea are slumped at ninth in the table with just 26 points from 17 games.
Lampard’s star-studded side have lost four of their last six games in the top-flight.
The Blues will hope to return to winning ways against Fulham this weekend.
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