Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that he would be happy to extend Frank Lampard’s stay at the Etihad Stadium past the January transfer window, despite the fact the Chelsea fan favourite is scheduled to move to New York City.
Lampard was released by his former club at the end of last season, only to sign for the newly-formed MLS outfit in New York. However, the fact that they are a sister-club to Pellegrini’s City meant that the Chilean could use the midfielder on a loan deal, and he is now eyeing an extension to that accord, according to BBC Sport.
Lampard excels at City
The 36-year-old has excelled at City, even scoring an important equaliser against Chelsea back when the two sides met at the start of the campaign. His influence could prove vital in the race for the title, and Pellegrini clearly doesn’t mind upsetting the apple cart to ensure he gets his way.
"I think Frank is a very important player for us and I hope we will not have any problems for him to stay here.
"I think Frank is a very important player for us and I hope we will not have any problems for him to stay here"
"I hope we can have a decision as soon as possible."
Of course if Lampard does continue with the Manchester giants there could be repercussions in west London, where the majority of Chelsea fans continue to see him as one of the most loyal servants to have ever plied his trade at Stamford Bridge.
The veteran’s lengthy career with the Blues allowed him to carve out a reputation as a figurehead at the club, and the thought of him doing his utmost to ensure Jose Mourinho doesn’t claim the Premier League will be disconcerting.
Yaya Toure blow
The main reasoning behind Pellegrini’s desire to keep Lampard is almost certainly derived from the fact that he’ll lose Yaya Toure for a spell of games due to the African Cup of Nations. The big Ivory Coast star, although not at the peak of his powers, remains a crucial cog in the City machine, and without him they have no midfield general.