Former-Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins has urged his old employers to hand Frank Lampard a new contract, according to the BBC.
Wilkins played 197 times for Chelsea and was the club’s assistant under Carlo Ancelotti during the 2009-10 season – the Blues won the Premier League and FA Cup double that year.
And Wilkins believes Chelsea must offer Lampard a new deal, as long as he continues to demonstrate his worth to the team on the pitch.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek, Wilkins said: “Frank has to stay. I cant see why this situation is happening.
“He’s done more than a job for Chelsea this season and will continue to do so with his fitness level and enthusiasm for the game.”
Lampard has been with the Stamford Bridge club since signing in 2001 from West Ham. But his current contract expires at the end of the season, and the club has given no indication Lampard will be given a new one.
The 34-year-old has scored 199 goals for the Blues, including 13 so far this term, in 593 appearances for the club.
And Wilkins believes Chelsea should look to the example set by Manchester United when it comes to rewarding loyal servants to the club.
“You look at [Manchester United’s] Ryan Giggs being offered another year at the age of 39 and there’s a manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] who knows how to handle the senior professionals,” said Wilkins.
Lampard has 94 caps for England, and has formed part of a hugely successful Chelsea team over the past decade, winning three Premier League titles, a Champions League medal, four FA Cup trophies and two League Cups.