Frank Lampard’s future at Manchester City is set to be decided before the New Year and the Chelsea legend will have to decide if he wants to head straight out to America or continue to give fans of his former club the blues and stay with the Premier League champions.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the former England star would have made a decision earlier if there weren’t so many complicated issues involved in the current set up. Lampard is on loan at the Etihad Stadium and his current deal expires on January 1 so a decision will need to come before then.
After 13 years at Stamford Bridge he left this summer following the expiration of his contract, ending his career as Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer and considered one of the club’s greatest players. A new contract was mooted, but nothing could be agreed and so he left.
Soon afterwards he announced he was signing for new MLS franchise New York City FC and would be one of their marquee players when they go into their maiden season next February. NYCFC and Manchester City have the same owners and so a loan deal to the Citizens was agreed to keep him fit in the time before the season begins.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini stated his desire to hang on to the 36-year-old after the crucial 3-0 win over Southampton on Sunday, in which Lampard scored arguably the crucial goal, as it came soon after the champions went down to ten men while leading only 1-0.
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However, Lampard was not about to be drawn on making public his thoughts on whether he would stay past his current loan deal, but was happy that Manchester City wanted to keep him.
"I haven't spoken to them on that front at all, so I don't know and I'm not looking that far ahead," he told reporters.
"It's nice that they are saying that, it's much better than them saying they can't wait for me to go, but we'll see what happens."
The Telegraph report outlines that he is likely to stay until the middle of February to cover for the loss of Yaya Toure at the Africa Cup of Nations and so he does not need to undergo pre-season training with NYCFC.
However, the lure of more silverware this season could see him decide to upset his new employers - though they are the same as the ones paying him at City - by pushing to stay until the end of the season.
seeing their former hero lead the charge to deny their club glory would be some fans’ worst nightmare
Manchester City’s win at the weekend cut the deficit between them and Chelsea to six points after Jose Mourinho’s side could only draw 0-0 away at Sunderland.
Were Lampard to decide to stay and help overhaul that points difference so that City can retain their Premier League title ahead of the Blues, it would be a crushing blow for the Chelsea faithful.
Having him deny them victory with a late goal in the meeting between the two sides earlier tho season was bad enough, but seeing their former hero lead the charge to deny their club glory would be some fans’ worst nightmare.