Chinese club confirm Chelsea legend talks

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The owner of Chinese football club Guizhou Rehne have confirmed they are in talks with Frank Lampard over a potential switch from Chelsea.

Reports over the weekend claimed the Chelsea midfielder had already agreed the switch and would leave Stamford Bridge in January.

Lampard’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season, and despite Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo expressing his desire for the veteran campaigner to stay put for next season, a move away from west London looks likely.

The 34-year-old has reportedly been offered a one year deal to remain at Stamford Bridge, but wants a longer deal to secure his future until he is ready to retire.

The England international has been linked with a move to either China or America in the past, and while Guizhou Rehne deputy board chairman, Yang Xiayou, admitted talks had begun, he denied that the deal had already been concluded.

"Yes, we are in contact with Lampard but so far nothing has been settled," he told Chinese media.

Earlier in the year, the Sun reported the Guizhou chairman Wang Guolin as saying: "I want the best team in China, and we are prepared to invest a lot of money to bring Lampard to us."

Lampard could be the latest Chelsea veteran out the door following the departures of Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba, who left Stamford Bridge over the summer, while Ashley Cole could also leave the club in January or at the end of the season.

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