Derby County head coach Frank Lampard has praised Chelsea decision to allow on-loan players Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori to play against them in the Carabao Cup.
The on-loan players from the Blues have been key players for Derby this season and they will both allowed to play against their parent club on 31 October at Stamford Bridge.
Both sides will meet in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after Lampard side crushed Manchester United out of the competition.
“I am really pleased for these young Chelsea lads, who have come through the system and whose dream it is to play at Stamford Bridge,” said Lampard.
“Probably not for Derby – that’s kind of strange for them – but at the moment they are giving us great service but we respect the fact they are Chelsea players.”
“I have to completely say thank you to Chelsea because it was their call; their decision. I think they have seen the bigger picture in terms of what a great experience it will be for their players.”
“I am very thankful to Chelsea – they didn’t have to do that – and I think it is a classy move from them.”
Chelsea will be back in the Premier League action on Sunday afternoon as they will visit Burnley at Turf Moor.