Lampard banking on contract extension


Frank Lampard is hopeful of discussing a new deal with Chelsea to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge beyond his current contract, which ends in 2013.

Lampard has come in for criticism this season while playing for Chelsea and appeared to be out of favour at international level after England boss Fabio Capello dropped him for the crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria earlier this year.

Speculation has been rife that Lampard would be forced out of the club as part of new boss Andre Villas-Boas' plans to rejuvenate the ageing Chelsea squad, and the Blues' poor form, which has seen them lose three of their last four Barclays Premier League games, means that the former Porto manager is under pressure to act when the transfer window opens in January.

However the goal-scoring midfielder has responded positively to the criticism, scoring the winner as England beat world champions Spain earlier this month, and is Chelsea's top goalscorer having found the net seven times already this season.

Rumours circulated earlier this week that L.A Galaxy may be interested in signing Lampard as a replacement for Beckham should he depart for pastures new in December, but the 33-year-old insists he hasn't entertained any thoughts about leaving west London.

"As it stands I have this season and next season and I would love to extend that," Lampard told the Evening Standard.

"As long as the club want me, I will be here. Whatever anyone says about me going anywhere else, I will be here, without a doubt."

Lampard is just 26 goals shy of breaking Bobby Tambling's record of 202 goals for Chelsea, and is likely to enter talks with the club who remain keen to keep him on despite his age because of his positive influence on the squad.

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