Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes incoming coach Carlo Ancelotti can take the club to the next level.
The former AC Milan coach has agreed a three-year deal to manage the Blues from next month and Lampard is confident that the Italian can lead the club back to winning major silverware.
Before interim manager Guus Hiddink guided Chelsea to FA Cup Final success last weekend, they had been without a trophy for two seasons.
"Can Ancelotti take Chelsea to the next level? I hope so. I am sure the club hope so. It is a very good and positive appointment," said Lampard.
"I think we all had a great time under Guus Hiddink for six months, but we all knew that was going to come to an end and we all respected that.
"Ancelotti has been a very impressive manager with the titles he has won, the players he has worked with and particularly with the bond he seems to strike with his players.
"I have been lucky to have that with a lot of my managers - particularly Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink - and everyone I have spoken to about Ancelotti, who has worked closely with him, gives him lots of praise as a man and as a manager.
"Myself and the Chelsea boys here are very excited about the future."
Meanwhile, following the speculation linking Chelsea with a world record move for Kaka, Lampard fully expects Ancelotti to supplement the squad with a couple of major signings.
He added: "To see us linked with those names, the quality of player, is brilliant.
"I don't want to go into individuals but the intention seems there for Chelsea especially with the new manager, the fact we are looking at that calibre of player.
"I think our squad is very strong and if we can add one or two of those names then we will look forward to next season and hopefully be challenging for the Premier League, Champions League and everything."