Chelsea’s decision to U-turn on letting midfielder Frank Lampard leave the club at the end of this season is the right decision for both the club and fans.
The English international is out of contract this summer and the on-going saga to whether or not Lampard would be offered a new deal had seemed all but decided before Christmas.
Yet a series of stellar performances and the inclusion of some important goals, most notably away to Everton in December, seemed to have changed the minds of some of Chelsea’s hierarchy.
Chief executive, Ron Gourlay, offered a glimmer of hope by hinting that negotiations into a new contract had begun last month but it has been revealed by the Mirror today that discussions are in progress.
Gourlay, who revealed Chelsea’s summer tour to the Far East in Bangkok today, said of the situation: “Discussions with Frank Lampard are on-going. But they must be kept confidential at this stage."
The news will no doubt be received well by most Chelsea fans who have often shown their discontent at the prospect of losing a club legend, who many believe could still play at the top levels of football.
The stats certainly suggest he can with Frank Lampard already playing 34 games in all competitions this season and despite being 34 this year has managed to score an impressive haul of 13 goals.
On top of this, Lampard remains just 3 goals away from breaking Bobby Tambling’s all-time club goal-scoring record with an incredible 199 goals since signing from West Ham in 2001.
The midfielder has played 787 times for the Blues and has been a loyal servant over his 12 seasons at the club, being a key part of the most successful era at Chelsea football club.
Pundits and players alike have swarmed to suggest Chelsea’s nativity in the possibility of letting Frank Lampard go and the club would certainly miss the experience a 3 time premier league winner and European champion brings to the club.
Not only this but Lampard has also been an ideal role model for a club that has been shrouded in off the field issues in recent years.
Younger team members also would benefit from the enigma that no doubt comes with playing alongside a player with the pedigree and experience that Frank Lampard possesses.
The argument for not renewing Frank Lampard’s contract remains that the heirarcy wish to see a new era at the club and that the midfielder’s departure, alongside other notable names such as Didier Drogba, will aid this progression.
Yet Lampard’s sheer popularity with the fans is reason alone to keep the midfielder at the club and no doubt the club will suffer if he is allowed to leave this summer.
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