DIDIER DROGBA has backed fellow Chelsea legend Frank Lampard to succeed as manager at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard remains the clear favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri this summer should the Italian leave for Juventus.
The Derby boss insists he will remain at Pride Park to have another crack at promotion to the Premier League next season.
But Drogba has backed Lampard to succeed at Chelsea and has urged club chiefs to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.
“I think it is a very good option for the club,” he said.
“He has done well with Derby, you know, taking the team to the play-off final and I think it is a very good option for the club.”
Lampard has only enjoyed one season of senior management since calling time on his playing career.
And critics will look towards his lack of experience as reason to dismiss him should he take the Blues hotseat.
But Drogba thinks the 40-year-old is ready to be handed the top job.
“So he is never going to be ready, then?” he continued, when asked if Lampard’s experience counted against him.
“Does he have to wait until he is 40 or 50 to be ready?
“I think it depends on your experience and depends on your desire to succeed and do it.
“If he feels ready I don’t think it is too early.”
Drogba was talking pitch-side at Stamford Bridge ahead of this Sunday’s 2019 Soccer Aid for Unicef match.
And the Ivorian made no secret of the fact he was buzzing to be back at his former stomping ground.
“Ah yeah, very happy to be here,” he told reporters.
“A stadium where I have scored so many goals, celebrated so many titles.
“It is always good to be here. On Sunday it is a good reason, a good cause, Soccer Aid.
“I am pleased to be here and to contribute.”
Hospitality tickets are still available at www.socceraid.org.uk/tickets.