Villas-Boas wants Lampard stay

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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas insists he wants to retain the services of midfield veteran Frank Lampard next season.

This season Lampard has found himself on the bench more often than at any point during his Chelsea career, and his future at Stamford Bridge would appear to be uncertain.

Villas-Boas has found it difficult to handle the egos of the most experienced pros at his disposal, and his decision to leave out Lampard during the defeat to Napoli surprised many.

And, although the Blues boss says he wants to keep hold of Lampard, the stopped short of confirming that the 33-year-old would definitely still be in west London next season.

"I hope so," Villas-Boas told reporters when asked if Lampard had a future at Chelsea.

"It does not depend on me. It depends on three parts - I want him, the person wants to stay and the club wants him."

Villas-Boas took the decision to restore Lampard to his staring line-up on Saturday following defeat in the Champions League, and the move paid handsome dividends.

Lampard scored as Chelsea triumphed 3-0 over Bolton, and his goal ensured he overtook Jimmy Greaves in the club's league goalscoring stakes.

The strike also represented a Premier League record as Lampard became the first player to score ten goals in nine consecutive seasons - and Villas-Boas was keen to praise the England international.

"Frank goes on and on breaking the club's records and that is important for him. I congratulate him for that," he added.

"He is a player who has been involved with all managers before and played in most of the games.

"The only difference this year from the years before is that we have more competition in midfield and things become more difficult for everybody.

"But Frank is now in the top five of players most used so he is up there with the best."

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