Veteran Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is poised to sign a one-year contract extension in the next 10 days - keeping him tied to the west London outfit until the end of the 2014/15 campaign.
The England international, who turns 36 in June, wants his future settled before the World Cup finals get underway. Chelsea’s all-time top scorer is expected to be part of Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad for the showpiece tournament in Brazil, which kicks off on June 12.
Lampard was initially poised to leave Stamford Bridge last summer, but was finally offered a one-year deal in May 2013 after helping the club win the Europa League. It could be a similar situation this time around, although the long-serving midfielder will still be offered a new deal regardless of whether the club triumphs in either the Premier League or Champions League.
The Express claim that Lampard will still earn close to his current salary of £125,000-a-week, along with additional bonuses and image rights.
Due to his advancing years, Lampard has only made 24 Premier League appearances this season, scoring five goals. But Chelsea’s vice-captain is happy playing under Jose Mourinho, who is determined to keep the central midfielder at the club for next season.
Lampard’s teammate John Terry, Chelsea’s skipper, has also been offered a one-year extension. However, the talismanic central defender is still mulling over his options.