Frank Lampard has edged closer to the Stamford Bridge exit door after he was told he has no future at Chelsea.
According to the Daily Star, the England international has been told by Roman Abramovich’s officials that he will not be offered a new deal at the club.
His current contract runs out at the end of the season and the report claims he is set to turn down a lucrative move to China in order to link up with his former England team-mate David Beckham.
It also claims Beckham’s club, LA Galaxy, are desperate to sign the 34-year-old on a pre-contract agreement in January and that Lampard is open to the possibility.
Chelsea have charged manager Roberto di Matteo with overhauling what was an ageing squad and Lampard appears to be the latest casualty after Didier Drigba and Nicholas Anelka were released last year.
The shipping out of more veteran players has been coupled with an influx of young talent, with the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar lowering the average age and leading a new style of slick attacking football.
An official from Chinese Super League club Guizhou Renhe admitted earlier this week that he was in negotiations with Lampard, but this report claims the midfielder consulted with former Chelsea team-mate Drogba and will opt for what he believes to be a more competitive league in MLS.
The Blues signed Lampard from West Ham United in 2001 and he has since made 570 appearances for the Stamford Bridge club, scoring 189 goals.