Chelsea look in-house for Frank Lampard replacement

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In the Roman Abramovich era, Chelsea have often turned to their Russian oligarch owner to fund any high-profile signings.

However, with Financial Fair Play regulations just around the corner, and with Chelsea's impressive line-up of wonderkids in their academy, those days could be over.

This summer, Frank Lampard looks set to leave the club he has served so well over the last 12 years. Normally at this stage, Chelsea would be scouting for a replacement.

It may just be that this time, a youth product will replace a departing player. Nathaniel Chalobah is regarded as one of the most promising players in England.

Sky Sports' Peter Beagrie described him as “elegant, athletic with a great temperament", adding that Chalobah reminds him of a “young Yaya Toure."

Such high praise is not rare - he has also been praised in the past by his current manager at Watford, Chelsea hero Gianfranco Zola.

Chalobah could certainly do worse than Zola as a tutor and teacher in his early footballing days.

Although another year out playing regular football would also be highly beneficial for Chalobah, his performances at Watford have shown he is ready for Premier League football. 

After Ryan Bertrand's rise to the Chelsea first-team this year, it would be another sign of Chelsea's new policy should Chalobah make the step up this summer. 

Even if Lampard does stay and Chalobah remains away from the club on loan, the future certainly looks bright for Chelsea.

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