Frank Lampard has issued a statement regarding his future with MLS side New York City explaining that he will begin playing for the franchise at the end of the current Premier League season – and that there has been no foul play since leaving Chelsea last summer.
The former Chelsea midfielder was expected to join New York when his loan deal at Manchester City expired on January 1 but the Citizens extended his deal until the end of the campaign.
And amidst claims of foul play, the Premier League has explained that: “Frank Lampard is registered as a Manchester City player until the end of the 2014-15 season. The Premier League has sought and received assurances from Manchester City that there is no agreement in place between the club or City Football Group with New York City FC relating to the player.”
Lampard continued to clarify the confusion over his deal this morning releasing a statement denying the “lies and nonsense” surrounding his future.
“I want to make it completely clear about my situation as I have read a lot of lies and nonsense over the last few days.
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“When released from Chelsea last year at the end of my contract I signed a commitment to play in NYCFC for two years starting January 1st 2015.
“I was then offered the chance to train and be part of the Man City squad in the interim to keep myself in the best shape going to New York.
“This period has since been extended by Man City and I now will start playing for NYCFC at the end of this current Premier League season.
Ready for the States
“There has always been a constant dialogue between all parties in this time to find the best solution for everyone.
“I can say that I am very excited about arriving in New York and giving everything to the team to make us a success in the MLS as soon as possible.
“Thanks everyone for your ongoing support and I wish everyone a healthy happy 2015.”
Since his move to City Lampard has taken many by surprise with his continued form. Manuel Pellegrini's squad have relied on him to score important goals this campaign, despite the fact that he was expected to be a peripheral figure at the Etihad, including one that came against his former club.