Manchester City are considering a permanent deal for Frank Lampard as he continues to impress during his loan spell, report The Mail.
The former England international originally agreed to sign for MLS side New York City FC after Chelsea refused to offer him an extension on his contract. As the US franchise is in partnership with Manchester City, it was unsurprising to see Lampard make the temporary move to the Etihad.
Having scored five goals in the Premier League so far this season – including one against former club Chelsea – Manuel Pellegrini opted to extend Lampard's loan deal until the end of the season.
While New York City FC fans were outraged by the delay to Lampard's arrival, it was agony for Chelsea fans, who will have to deal with the sight of their record goal scorer playing against them at Stamford Bridge.
But that could be a sight they will have to get used to as it appears Manchester City are now considering a permanent deal for the 36-year-old. He will already miss the start of the MLS season but now there is a chance he could never play for the newly formed team.
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Pellegrini has been impressed with Lampard's professionalism since making the move to Manchester City and sees him as key to their title bid as Yaya Toure prepares to leave for the African Cup of Nations.
Lampard spent 13-years at Stamford Bridge, winning three Premier League titles and triumphing in the Champions League once. He became their record goal scorer last season but still could not convince Jose Mourinho to offer him a new contract.
Since joining Manchester City, Lampard has become the fourth most prolific player in Premier League history, overtaking Thierry Henry on 175 goals and lies only five away from Wayne Rooney in third.