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Manuel Pellegrini desperate to hold onto Frank Lampard

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Manchester City have entered negotiations with Frank Lampard over a loan extension after a positive start to the season for the former Chelsea legend, reports Sky Sports News.

With six goals in ten games in all competitions at the Etihad Stadium, Manuel Pellegrini has been overly impressed with the 36-year-old and in turn wants to keep the midfielder until the MLS season begins in March.

Switch

The City boss explained that the loan switch is "good" for Lampard as it prepares him for playing games with New York City in the MLS and it also helps the club progress in the Premier League.



When asked if the loan would upset New York City, the Chilean replied “I don’t think so. That’s why I have a long conversation with all of them," he said. "I think what’s better for the club is better for all the clubs.”

Situation

“I hope that the Frank situation will be resolved in the next few days,” Pellegrini added.“ I said at the beginning [of Lampard’s loan] that it would be during December when we would have the last decision, but I repeat once again that I think Frank is very important for our team so I hope he will stay here." While pre-season training gets underway in January, Pellegrini is more than keen to keep the midfielder at the Etihad as he believes that he holds the key to keeping the title challenge alive for the current holders.

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It is expected that the future of the retired England international will be decided in the coming days before the transfer window opens in the hope that he will not be boarding an earlier than scheduled plane back to the States.

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