Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that the club offered a new contract to Frank Lampard.
The England international midfielder left the Blues at the end of his contract this summer, and has joined new MLS franchise New York City FC. They don’t join the American league until March 2015.
Shock City loan
That opened up the possibility of Lampard making a loan move back to Europe, and the joint-owners of the US team - Manchester City - capitalised by bringing the 36-year-old back to the Premier League.
It’s left pundits and fans questioning if Chelsea should have allowed the player to leave in the first place, but ’the Special One’ has confirmed that the club tried to keep both Lampard and Ashley Cole this summer, and offered the duo new contracts.
"They were [offered new deals],’ said Mourinho, according to The Daily Star.
"We were in this process until the end, but you arrive into a moment [where you ask] what’s the best for the team? What’s the best for the other players? What’s the best for them? And it depends also on their mentality.
Aim to play
"Lampard and Ashley, they will be until the last day players to compete, to play every game, to be involved. I think they are happier – in spite of their love for Chelsea – in this new situation for them.
"The best way for competitive people like them to be happy, to enjoy the last part of their career, is to go and play.”
Lampard spent 13-years at Stamford Bridge, scoring 211 goals in 649 games to become the all-time record goalscorer at Chelsea.
And, whilst he’s unlikely to start every game at Manchester City, manager Manuel Pellegrini has secured something of a coup with the addition of the player until January. He offers the champions experience and, of course, more goals from behind the forwards.
As for Cole, he’s decided to continue his career in Serie ‘A’, joining Roma rather than opting for financial riches in America.