Chelsea legend Frank Lampard will be a terrific signing for Manchester City this summer according to his former boss at Stamford Bridge, Carlo Ancelotti.
Reports broke on Friday claiming that Lampard was on the verge of agreeing a six-month loan with the Premier League champions as he waits for new club New York City FC to begin their debut MLS season next year.
Ancelotti was boss of Chelsea in 2010 and led them to a Premier League and FA Cup double, but was sacked after a trophyless season the following year.
Now the Italian admitted he would have liked to sign Lampard for his current club Real Madrid but was positive that Manuel Pellegrini will be making a terrific signing by snapping up the 36-year-old.
Surprising for Italian
Lampard’s move to MLS broke a couple of weeks ago and Ancelotti was asked about the latest developments in Michigan, where Real Madrid take on Manchester United in a friendly on Saturday night.
“I didn’t know this [Lampard possibly joining Man City]. I’m really surprised because I thought he was coming here to the USA to play,” he said.
“It’s too late for me to take him to Madrid but I’m really happy for Frank as I have a good memory of him. I wish him luck. He’s a good signing for Manchester City.”
Lampard was released by Chelsea this summer when his contract expired and he was linked with a possible move to America for some time before it was finally announced after the World Cup.
The England midfielder will not be able to play for his new club until March because the brand new MLS franchise will play their first ever season in the league when the next season starts.
Another new New Yorker
Another legend of European club football, Spaniard David Villa, has also been confirmed as a New York City FC signing, but he will spend his loan period at Australian club Melbourne Heart.
Chelsea fans may not be too enamoured by Lampard’s move but it makes sense as both Melbourne Heart and New York City FC are owned, or at least part-owned, by the same people that own Manchester City.