Rafael Benitez has responded to Petr Cech's suggestion that Frank Lampard may yet have a future at Chelsea by indicting he will still leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

The Blues have refused to extend Lampard's contract, which expires in May, despite his strong form which has seen him eclipse Kerry Dixon to become the club's second highest scorer with 194 goals.

Cech declared after Sunday's 4-0 victory at Stoke that he believes there could yet be a twist in the saga, but Benitez signalled once more that there would be no reprieve. "We know Frank is doing well in training and is playing well. Everyone can see he is doing well and the rest of the team is doing well at the same time," he said.

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