Frank Lampard's decision to remain with Manchester City until the end of the Premier League season has caused a great deal of controversy on both sides of the Atlantic.
Lampard signed with Major League Soccer side New York City FC last summer with a view to joining them in January to get ready for the 2015 MLS season, which starts in March.
But Lampard will now join New York City FC in the summer after making the decision to stay with Manchester City until the end of the season, and football expert and Daily Mirror football writer, Oliver Holt, has questioned whether Lampard will ever even play for the US side.
Will Lampard ever play for NYFC
Speaking on Sky Sports Sunday Supplement, Holt remarked, “I wonder if that move might never happen.”
Lampard was meant to finish his short-term loan with Manchester City this month, but a deal has been struck up with the Premier League champions that will see him join New York City FC in the summer.
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Lampard's form this season has surprised some, with the former England international proving he is still a top class goalscoring midfielder by netting seven goals this season. And his form, coupled with the absence of Yaya Toure for the African Cup of Nations this month, persuaded City officials to extend Lampard's deal.
"When a club wants to, it can get something out of these players, players as good as Lampard," added Holt.
Holt was joined on Sunday Supplement by Jonathan Northcroft of The Sunday Times, and he echoed the thoughts of many who didn't expect Lampard to be such a revelation at Manchester City.
"I didn’t think he’d be so good that the case for Manchester City would be so compelling to keep him. He’s emerged as such an important player," Northcroft explained.
"When he signed for New York City, I always thought he might play for Manchester City. I did buy the idea of it being for Christmas at first. Maybe they set out with those intentions."