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Lampard to be free agent in the summer

As a favourite in the Football Transfer Tavern, punters read a Guardian article with sadness that Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard expects to leave the club at the end of the season.

The England international is coming to the end of his final six months in his contract at Stamford Bridge and there are yet to be any discussions about an extension. He was a vital member of Roberto Di Matteo’s Champions League winning side but he has drawn his own conclusions at the lack of action over a new deal.

“I’m a Chelsea player but at the minute nothing else has been said,” he said. “Talks about a one-year or two-year extension don’t exist because nothing has been said and nothing is planned, as far as I know. There have been no talks about anything or about an extension.

“The ball is in Chelsea’s court. I feel like I have two or three years at least in me at the top level but it is not for me to decide on this one. It’s up to the club. Whatever happens, I have had a great time at Chelsea. Maybe things don’t last forever, although I want it to.”

The 34-year-old midfielder still believes he has a few years left in him playing top flight football and that will put Premier League clubs on red alert surrounding his availability. Already interested are LA Galaxy and Chinese side Guizhou Renhe but Lampard wishes to remain in the Premier league with Arsenal already linked with a surprise move for the Blues legend.

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