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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has set his sights on a contract extension at Stamford Bridge, after his agent contacted the club to enquire about the possibility of a new deal, revealed Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas.

The 33-year-old currently has 18 months to run on his existing agreement which takes him to the summer of 2013 - Lampard said earlier this week that he will definitely see out his contract in west London, and believes he will still have something to offer the team beyond the age of 35.

"[Chief executive] Ron Gourlay told me that [agent] Steve Kutner contacted him recently," Villas-Boas confirmed. "I'm not sure of the situation. And I think we haven't decided yet what to do."

Given Lampard's high wages, any new deal, should it be offered, would be for a far lower salary and Chelsea are unlikely to offer anything beyond a one-year extension - with negotiations planned for next summer, if at all.

Having not played as regularly as he may have liked, there has been speculation of a rift between Lampard and Villas-Boas, but the Portuguese tactician has categorically denied rumours of any unrest in the Chelsea camp.

"There are plenty of players pushing for selection and Frank is not the only one," he continued. "People are making great efforts to get into the squad.

"He is one of our top five most-used players and it's not possible for everyone to play every game. We've had conversation with all players. We treat all players equally.

"The club's direction and fortune is the most important thing. There is no hiding that 'Lamps' represents the best in the history of the club.

"These [Lampard and John Terry] are players of massive magnitude and represent Chelsea's success but in our opinion every player must be treated equally. Sometimes we can't please everybody."

Lampard's situation will likely be a re-run of several of Chelsea's elder statesmen, whose respective contracts are set to expire at the end of the 2011-12 campaign - and Villas-Boas confirmed that the sticking point over Didier Drogba's new deal was that the striker, also 33, was holding out for another two years, while the club are only prepared to offer a 12-month extension.

"It's a situation between two years and one year and we are waiting to make the best decision possible. It's ongoing and we hope to solve it.

"But whatever the outcome there is no question of professionalism or integrity and I'm sure he [Drogba] will keep representing Chelsea. He's been doing well for us."

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