​​Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has given his backing to former England team-mate Frank Lampard if the Chelsea job does come calling, claiming that, "he could be Blues answer to Pep Guardiola".

The Blues legend who is currently incharge of Derby County is reportedly the favourite to take over the managerial reigns at Stamford Bridge if current incumbent, Maurizio Sarri leaves for Juventus.

Lampard it is understood has already engaged in discussions with the club hierarchy, though former Juventus boss, Max Allegri too has been linked with the role. Ferdinand for his part, insists that his former team-mate would be the perfect choice to return to the club.

“He is the perfect choice. I will actually be surprised if they look elsewhere. They have tried with all these great managers. No disrespect to Allegri, he’s done unbelievable things at Juventus, but they have had Carlo Ancelotti, they have had Conte, Sarri, Mourinho - all managers who have done great things - and never stuck with them," Ferdinand said as quoted by ​Goal.

“So are you going to continue doing that, and keep blowing money away with these managers who you have to pay up after two years? Or are you going to go with someone who the fans are going to love to have back?” 

“People talk about experience and what-not, but what experience did Pep have when he went into Barcelona's first team? He trained the younger kids at the club. Would Lampard wilt under the pressure when big players throw a wobbly in training? I don’t think he would. Frank knows Chelsea, he knows the players and the players will respect him," he concluded.

The 40-year-old had an impressive debut season as a manager with Derby County, taking them to the Championship play-off final, where they lost 2-1 to Aston Villa.