MLS chief would welcome Chelsea star in America

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Major League Soccer boss Dan Garber has said Chelsea star Frank Lampard would be more than welcome to join one of the club's in the American league.

The Stamford Bridge star is in the final year of his Chelsea contract, and Lampard has been linked with a move away from the Blues, most recently to side MLS LA Galaxy and China.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is thought to be implementing a policy whereby players over 30 will only receive one-year contract extensions, but Lampard is thought to want a longer-term deal.

And MLS chief Dan Garber has said the American league will take Lampard if he's no longer required at Stamford Bridge.

"Frank Lampard's a great player," said Garber. "He has a great history with the sport.

"If he decides he wants to play in Major League Soccer, I'm sure any club would be happy to have him on their roster."

The England international is currently injured with a slight muscle tear, and had to pull out of Roy Hodgson's squad to face San Marino and Poland in the upcoming World Cup Qualifers.

Lampard has spent 11 years at Chelsea so far, and formed an important part of the most successful Blues' side of the Premier League era.

The former-West Ham midfielder joined the Stamford Bridge side in 2001 for around £11m and has gone on to win one Champions League, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups.

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