LA Galaxy captain Landon Donovan has revealed he spoke to Frank Lampard while talks over a new Chelsea contract were ongoing, in the hope of convincing him to quit the Premier League and join him in the MLS, reports Goal.com.
The 34-year-old midfielder has quashed speculation surrounding his future by penning a one-year extension with the west London club, ending any chance of following the likes of David Beckham and Robbie Keane to the United States.
Lampard made no secret of his desire to remain at Stamford Bridge, but for a long time it looked as though Roman Abramovich would not offer the Blues legend a new deal, allowing him to leave Chelsea on a free transfer this summer.
Donovan says that any club would be lucky to have a player of Lampard's quality, adding that the England international - who became Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer last weekend - still has plenty to give, despite his advancing years.
"We spoke a couple of times," said the LA Galaxy forward. "He was still clearly on the deciding phase when we spoke. I think he would love it here.
"We all want a player of Frank's ability on our team but we understand that these things are fluid."
Signing Lampard would be regarded as a major transfer coup for Major League Soccer as a whole, and something that might still be possible in the future, as recent history suggests, explained Donovan.
"When they told us that Robbie [Keane] was coming, we were like: 'Yeah, right'. When they told us about David [Beckham] coming, we were like: 'Yeah, right, it's not going to happen'."