According to the Daily Mail, Frank Lampard must return to New York City FC in January despite hitting the ground running for Manchester City so far this season.
Lampard has been hot topic in the tavern recently after his emotional late equaliser which revived a draw at home against his former club Chelsea and also recently leading City to a 7-0 victory against Sheffield United in the Capital One Cup.
Manuel Pellegrini undoubtedly wants to extend the former England captain’s stay but the American team are keen to get the midfielder in for a full pre-season, heading in to the MLS which begins in March.
Punters in the tavern say he won’t need a pre-season under his belt after training and playing first team football in Manchester, but people must remember he is their big money move in the States and the club are desperate to have him and fellow new signing David Villa available to train and develop the new team.
Lampard is now left in a sticky situation as he clearly would like to continue his successful spell at City in the Premier League but he is also contracted to American club.
When asked about the rumours, Lampard steered well clear of any trouble saying: “I’m contracted here until the start of January and that is how it is at the moment.
“More than that, I don’t know. The argument (about me staying) has only come up since I scored at the weekend. The important thing for me is to train well, play well and then see what happens.
“I signed on here until January so that is all I can say. When I signed for Man City on loan, six weeks or so ago, it was always until January and that is the way it remains so I wouldn’t want to get too far ahead of myself.
“It is not my place to do that. It would be a club decision, first and foremost. I will train and play as well as I can and the rest is up to the club.”
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