Luiz Felipe Scolari is confident Frank Lampard will stay at Chelsea and also admitted he does not want to lose Didier Drogba.
Lampard was the subject of an approach by Inter on Monday, with Chelsea confirming that they had refused permission for the Italian club to speak to the midfielder.
Speaking at his first press conference since taking up the Chelsea job, Scolari confirmed that he expects the 30-year-old to sign a new deal.
“I met Frank Lampard yesterday and I spoke to him,” said Scolari. “I like him very much as a player and as a person.
“I asked him if he wants to stay at Chelsea, not only this season, but for more time and he said to me that he wants to stay and he wants to play for Chelsea for many years.
“I was very happy because I think Chelsea needs Lampard, and Lampard likes Chelsea, and now there are minimum questions to solve it.
“I think Lampard will be with us for more time than one year.”
Chelsea striker Drogba has been linked with moves to Milan and Real Madrid, but Scolari said heis hopeful the Ivory Coast international will stay at Stamford Bridge.
He added: “100 per cent, 200 per cent (I want to keep him), I like him.
“Last season or two years ago, I voted for one of the best players in the world in Drogba and I think two years ago, three years ago, I chose John Terry.
“Now, they are with me I am happy.
“I spoke to him (Drogba) yesterday because he arrived at our base with a little problem in the knee.
“I spoke to him about what’s happened and how many times he needs to train normally and I saw him happy.”