Frank Lampard’s future has been a hot topic of conversation here in the Football Transfer Tavern, and Martin Lipton of The Mirror is certain the legendary midfielder will not be a Chelsea player for much longer.
Last night Lampard’s agent Steve Kutner confirmed the midfielder’s Chelsea career will draw to a close when his contract expires in June, putting to bed any rumours that Roman Abramovich may have been considering a U-turn.
Kutner said: “Chelsea executives told Frank in Japan during the Club World Cup then again reconfirmed with me after the Everton victory that in no circumstances will he be offered a new contract to stay at the club after the end of this season. Nothing since has changed in any respect.
“Frank has had to accept that and just wants to carry on playing football for Chelsea so as to finish the season as successfully as possible for the club that he loves.”
Lampard’s succesful penalty in the 5-1 victory over Southampton at the weekend took his goal tally to 193 over the course of his Chelsea career – just nine behind all time leading scorer Bobby Tambling.
The goal was greeted with choruses of ‘sign him up’ from the Chelsea fans, although it appears that this will now not be the case.
Lampard is likely to follow in the footsteps of David Beckham by signing for LA Galaxy at the end of the season, although interim manager Rafael Benitez is set to continue to play him until then, hoping the veteran midfielder will continue to prove his commitment to the club and finish with a flourish of goals.