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Frank Lampard could extend Manchester City stay

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In the wake of shooting down his former club, Manchester City are considering an attempt to extend Frank Lampard's loan deal.

The Chelsea legend scored City's equaliser in Sunday's hotly-contested clash and the club are keen to keep him at the Etihad beyond the current agreement, according to the Manchester Evening News.

With Yaya Toure likely to miss five weeks of Premier League action as he links up with the Ivory Coast for the African Nations Cup, City will be short on midfielders when Lampard returns to New York City in January.

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With Lampard's departure and Toure's international commitments, City could be left with just Fernando and Fernandinho as natural central midfielders, although James Milner has plenty of experience in the role.

However, with the club facing visits to Everton and Chelsea and welcoming Arsenal to the Etihad at the turn of the year they'll likely require further reinforcements.

Lampard impact

Despite having only played 58 minutes of football for City, Lampard has done enough to convince the club's hierarchy he's still a valuable asset even at 36.

By his own colossal standards Lampard was disappointing on his debut against Arsenal, and was withdrawn at half-time. Yesterday he more than made up for that during his 13-minute cameo against his former club.

He may not be the force he once was in his Chelsea pomp, but there are still few midfielders in the Premier League as capable as scoring vital goals on a regular basis.

Lampard currently finds himself on 172 Premier League goals, making him far away the most prolific midfielder and in touching distance of Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney on 175.

New York plans

Under the terms of his original loan move, Lampard was set to return to New York in January in time for the MLS side's pre-season.

However, having moved to the Etihad to keep up his fitness, Lampard will be well ahead of most of his new teammates, meaning he can likely afford to miss much of the club's pre-season preparations.

Half a season of Premier League football is enough to prepare a player for any league in the world, and City could ask their sister club to take this into account and let Lampard stay in Manchester.

Though City fans will be keen for the ex-England man to stay, you can be certain Chelsea fans with be loathe to see him line up for the opposition when the two teams clash at Stamford Bridge at the end of January.

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