Frank Lampard is a Chelsea legend, but you would be hard-pressed to find someone in the Stamford Bridge dugout ready to treat him like one.
The 37-year-old left the west London club after a glory-filled 13 years, in which time he won three Premier League titles, a Champions League and also became the club's all-time top goalscorer.
Despite his miraculous achievements, Jose Mourinho found it possible to unceremoniously ditch him before the 2014/15 season, refusing to extend his contract and allowing him to leave for the MLS.
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As many Chelsea fans remember, the former England international would later find himself on loan at Manchester City, where he would score an equalising goal in a 1-1 draw against his former club.
While his efforts in the last campaign were certainly appreciated by the Citizens, Lampard barely touched the kind of iconic status he still holds amongst Chelsea fans.
So why is it that Manchester City, and not Chelsea, are offering him the chance to return to train with them during the MLS offseason? According to Goal, that is exactly what has happened.
Lampard has struggled with injuries since linking up with New York City in the summer and has completed a 90-minute match just once. As a result, the midfielder has already ruled out another loan move back to England, insisting he wants to rebuild his fitness without the pressure of competition.
Doors are open
But Manchester City are still just as willing to help out, offering him the chance to train with the first-team until the MLS season resumes in March. Lampard is expected to return to familiar shores in the offseason anyway and access to the City Football Academy facilities will surely be appreciated.
However, there is no report of any such offer from Mourinho and Chelsea despite the key role that Lampard played in much of the success he and the club have experienced in the Premier League era.
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