Lampard’s future has been a much discussed topic throughout this season and it had been widely rumoured that the England midfielder would leave for David Beckham’s former club LA Galaxy when his contract expires at the end of the season.
But the 34-year-old has always said that he would prefer to stay at Stamford Bridge, at least publicly, and he’s a figure that is held in high regard by the fans at the club, a club that he scored his 200th goal for against his former team West Ham, needing just three more to become the Blues’ all-time record goal-scorer ahead of Bobby Tambling on 202.
The Daily Express‘ source said:
“Frank’s future at the club is still uncertain, but he has always said he wants to remain at Chelsea.
“Frank would love Mourinho to return, not only to rekindle the glory days but it could also seal the deal in terms of his own future.
“He has said he would love to stay on at Chelsea in a coaching role once his playing days come to an end.”
I think this is just the media telling a few fibs by coming up with something that they deem could be likely but ultimately won’t happen, and they know that those desperate to see the player stay will cling to the hope that it is true.
Lampard doesn’t look like a player that is willing see out his playing days as a bit-part player and has said previously that he does not want to end his career sitting on the bench, which is a high possibility considering his age and the fact that he doesn’t entirely suit the position he’s occupying, he isn’t going to oust Juan Mata, Eden Hazard or Oscar for a more attacking role and it’s unlikely the formation would be altered for his benefit as we’re currently playing to the strengths of the aforementioned for a reason.
His agent Steve Kutner has said that Lampard has been told twice that there will not be a new deal, so the club had obviously known the terms he wanted by now or Kutner wasn’t doing his job and they decided they could not match it. I cannot see a Jose Mourinho return changing anything in that regard and he may even want to avoid the awkwardness of having to leave out a player that he enjoys a good relationship and shared so much success with, if he does take the job.
Didier Drogba revealed that the reasons why he wasn’t being offered a multi-year deal were explained to him before he left last season and he decided to call it a day and let someone younger fill his boots, so I assumed Lampard has had similar conversations and I hope that he will be able to depart the club on a high just as the Ivorian did.