When Frank Lampard arrived at Manchester City in August on a loan deal from new employers New York City FC many onlookers expected the former Chelsea stalwart to be little more than a bit part player used to compliment an already strong squad as City mounted an assault on all fronts this campaign.
Three months into the season however and Lampard has grown into an important part of Manuel Pellegrini's plans after a number of impressive displays - the former England midfielder earning September's Player of the Month Award in the process.
And after proving that he is still capable of performing in the fast-paced environment of the Premier League talk has, almost inevitably, turned to whether City could extend the current deal with NYCFC (a team they share part-ownership of) beyond the current January expiration date.
Keeping his options open
There have been conflicting reports on the subject with some claiming Lampard is all but certain to finish the 2014-15 EPL season in Manchester while the player's agent came out yesterday to deny an agreement had ben reached.
"My future will be at New York City at some stage."
Today though Frank Lampard has had his say, and, speaking to Manchester City's official website, the player himself is certainly doing his best not to rule out the option of an extended stay at the Etihad.
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"All I can say is how much I'm enjoying it at City," he explained.
"I'm contracted here until the end of December and my future will be at New York City at some stage."
Hardly the words of a man who is desperate to jet off to New York at the first opportunity. When that "stage" comes is at present anyone's guess but Lampard has surprised perhaps even himself with his ability to maintain such high performance levels.
"When I left Chelsea, I thought I was going to be moving out of the Premier League and that was a different angle. That's all to come still but this is an absolutely brilliant time for me.
"I want to look back on it and say I enjoyed it - but more than that, I want to look back and say I made a bit of a difference in a positive way."
Lampard - who has scored four goals in his first three games for City - was expected to link up with NYCFC in time for the franchise's bow in MLS this January.
Having now though seen his talents appreciated in Manchester, and with Pellegrini already having to deal with Yaya Toure's absence during the African Cup of Nations at the turn of the year, it would certainly not be a surprise to see the former Chelsea man extend his stay until early 2015 at least.
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