The Frank Lampard Manchester City saga has taken an interesting turn after the Premier League revealed the former Chelsea man is registered solely with City.
Lampard was believed to have signed with City's sister club New York City FC after his Chelsea release, but the Premier League insist the midfielder was never on loan at Manuel Pellegrini's team.
Instead the 36-year-old is said to have signed a short-term permanent deal that expired on New Year's Eve, only for City and Lampard to agree an extension that will see him represent the Premier League champions until the end of the season.
The midfielder was formally announced as a New York City man after his Chelsea release was confirmed last summer, but reports now claim he never signed any formal deal with the club, or the City Football Group who control Manchester City, New York City and Melbourne City.
As the newest franchise to join Major League Soccer, New York had used Lampard as the head of their season ticket marketing campaign, and could be left red faced by the news.
City moved quickly to extend Lampard's stay in Manchester after an impressive start to the season saw him score seven goals before the turn of the year.
Manchester City Assurances
Had Lampard signed a deal with the City Football Group as opposed to New York City or Manchester City specifically, questions may have been raised over the legality of his involvement for Pellegrini's side.
However, a statement released by the Premier League insisted all parties involved had acted above board and no wrongdoing had taken place.
The statement read: "Frank Lampard is registered with Manchester City FC until the end of the 2014-15 season.
"The Premier League has sought and received assurances from Manchester City that there is no agreement in place between the club or City Football Group with New York City FC relating to the player."
The statement will allow all City fans to relax safe in the knowledge that Lampard will be a permanent fixture at the Etihad Stadium from now until the end of the season as the club attempt to claim back to back Premier League titles for the first time in their history.
To do so they'll likely need to pip Lampard's old club Chelsea, with whom they're currently neck and neck at the top of the table.
Should City lift the title it'll be a fourth Premier League success for the midfield, having claimed winners medals with Chelsea in 2005, 2006 and 2010.
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