The nightmare for Chelsea fans continues as Frank Lampard will earn a whopping £4million if he can help fire Manchester City to the Premier League title ahead of the Blues this season.
Jose Mourinho's side saw their lead over City reduced to six points at the weekend after their subdued 0-0 draw at Sunderland was followed up by a commanding 3-0 victory for the Etihad Stadium club at Southampton, in which Lampard scored the crucial second just after the current Premier League champions had gone down to ten men.
Now, according to the Daily Star, the Stamford Bridge legend is in line to earn a massive £4million if he decides to extend his loan spell with Manchester City until the end of the season and Manuel Pellegrini's men can overhaul their rivals from west London.
This is the figure the report claims when Lampard's current £190,000-a-week deal runs until the summer and the £2million bonus all first team players will receive from the club's Abu Dhabi based owner, Sheikh Mansour.
In a financial terms the offer should be very tempting for the former England star, as the report suggests he is earning significantly more at City than he would at New York City FC, the new MLS franchise he signed for this summer.
Lampard's Chelsea contract expired and a new deal could not be agreed and so he took the decision to move to the US as one of the marquee signings for the new MLS franchise. However, NYCFC do not start their maiden season until February and so he was loaned to City.
Chelsea fans will be pretty united in what decision they want Lampard to make
At NYCFC his deal is worth, according to the report, around £85,000 a week and the lure of one final pay day would be strong. However, staying at City until the end of the Premier League season means he will miss the start of the MLS season, which the US club are unlikely to be happy about.
NYCFC are also owned by Mansour though, and comments coming out of the Citizens would suggest they are very keen to hang on to him, especially as cover for Yaya Toure while he is away at the Africa Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast.
Lampard must decide if he wants to start his time in the US with a disagreement or whether to stay at City and attempt to end what should be his final season in England with title glory.
Chelsea fans will be pretty united in what decision they want Lampard to make, as the sight of him leading Manchester City's charge to the title ahead of the Blues, in the same season he scored against them, may be too much to bear.
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