Frank Lampard has missed the acquisition of Chelsea & # 39; s Ethan Ampadu on loan to Derby County.

The boss of Rams was keen to add the international puppies from Wales to the promotion of his side.

Lampard already has Blues pair Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori at Pride Park and wanted to bring in Ampadu to reinforce his defense.

But after the FA Cup draw with Southampton – in which the championship side came down from two goals down – Lampard explained that Ampadu will stay on Stamford Bridge.

"We have a big team in certain areas, but not in others," Lampard said.

Lampard saw his party fight back to sign Southampton in the FA Cup

"Ethan Ampadu can play in a few positions – that is why he would be so valuable to anyone.

& # 39; The last thing I heard was that he was in Chelsea, and that's that.

Ampadu started for Chelsea in their third round clash

& # 39; Mason stays [at Derby]. Harry, I think, stays here – but it is clear Liverpool's call and we accept that.

"I was aware of the finances here, and we are not in the same class as some teams that have spent a lot.

"People thought we did a lot of business in the summer, but our actual net expenses were very negligible.

"I had to bring in staff to try and change the style, and that is not a single window solution, probably two or three windows, and this window will be silent for us."

Davud Nugent and Jack Marriott celebrate the equalizer of the latter against Saints

Lampard & # 39; s side is currently sixth in the championship, four points free of seventh place and six points of the automatic promotion places.

And Lampard is looking for his young side to kick in in the second half of the campaign.

"It would be frustrating if we were to drop out later this season," Lampard added.

"Everything I heard before the season was about Stoke, Villa, Nottingham Forest and Leeds, we're above most, so we have to base ourselves on that."

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