Derby County have confirmed Frank Lampard will not oversee the first few days of pre-season training.
The Championship club have already given Lampard permission to speak to Chelsea over the vacant managerial role there.
Speaking on Monday morning, the Rams have said Lampard will not be present as pre-season kicks off.
The statement read:
“On the assumption that Frank will reach an agreement with Chelsea to become their new manager, the club shall step up its efforts to find a replacement manager.”
Derby hope any agreement between Lampard and Chelsea can be found early this week.