Manchester United and Arsenal retain interest in Lampard

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Both Manchester United and Arsenal remain interested in signing Chelsea's Frank Lampard if he leaves Stamford Bridge at the end of the season - according to the Daily Mail.

The 34-year-old requires only three more goals to become Chelsea's all-time leading scorer having netted his 200th goal for the Blues against West Ham on Sunday.

Despite that no firm offer of a contract to extend his stay at Chelsea beyond the end of the season has been made, although recent reports suggest the club's stance over a new deal for the veteran midfielder has softened somewhat of late.

Lampard is said to have an offer on the table to make the move to MLS outfit LA Galaxy, but will hold talks with England boss Roy Hodgson before making his mind up.

"First and foremost I have to make the right decision for myself before anyone else. But I’d respect his opinion," said Lampard.

'If there’s a time, whenever that is, where there’s an option of going outside Europe, I’m sure me and Roy will have a conversation.'

Hodgson previously admitted he would find it more difficult to select Lampard, who is just six caps away from becoming the 8th England player to make 100 appearances for his country, if he moves abroad.

That is believed to be the driving force behind his desire to remain in the Premier League, with Arsenal and Manchester United retaining an interest in landing the goal-scoring midfielder in the summer according to the Mail.

LA Galaxy are putting pressure on Lampard to make his mind up soon, but the Chelsea midfielder is happy to bide his time.

"I’m available for England now and in the future," he explained. "I want to do my best and put myself in the squad and that won’t change wherever I’m playing.

'I don’t think the option of America rules out anything, but I haven’t had the conversation with the manager yet. 

'I've seen players get picked when they’re playing all over the world. I will always try and give my all for England. As I’ve got older I’ve appreciated playing for my country more.

Widespread reports in January claimed Manchester United were eyeing up a surprise move for Lampard, while Arsenal were also reportedly keeping tabs on developments.

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