No 'concrete' Ranieri interest in Chelsea star Lampard

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Monaco deny they have made an approach for Chelsea star Frank Lampard, who is out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez says he expects Lampard, along with Ashley Cole, to leave the club in the summer when their respective deals expire, and both players will be free to speak to suitors in January.

Monaco has been touted as a potential destination for Lampard, while there has also been reported interest in the Chelsea midfielder from LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain and clubs in China.

The principality club are managed by former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri - who signed Lampard from West Ham in 2001 - but a club representative has rejected suggestions Monaco are ready to swoop for the 34-year-old.

"There is nothing concrete," a Monaco official is quoted as saying by L'Equipe.

Lampard looks set to become the second Chelsea legend to leave the club in successive summers, following the departure of Didier Drogba on a free transfer at the end of last season.

The England international has made 572 appearances for Chelsea during his 11 year spell at Stamford Bridge, and will need another 13 goals before his departure to leave as the club's record goalscorer.

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