Chelsea set to begin contract talks
Chelsea are set to finally relent and give Frank Lampard a one-year contract extension.
Despite the 34-year-old being on the verge of becoming the Blues’ record goalscorer and breaking Bobby Tambling’s 44-year record in the process, it seemed certain Lampard would be leaving the club, after no new contract offer was handed to him.
The decision to allow the former West Ham United academy graduate to run down his current contract had been widely condemned by the Stamford Bridge faithful.
However, The Independent has now reported a change of heart from owner Roman Abramovich, with the offer of a one-year extension to the summer of 2014 and with his current wage packet, thought to be in excess of £100,000 a week, remaining unaffected.
One possible factor in the Russian’s U-turn over Lampard’s contract negotiations could be the potential arrival of Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, returning to the club after resigning in 2007 following a dispute with Abramovich.
The Portuguese remains a firm admirer of the England international after he played a huge part in Chelsea’s 6 trophy haul under the former FC Porto manager.
And after Real Madrid’s exit to Borussia Dortmund in yesterday’s Champions League semi final, Mourinho seemed to indicate his short spell in charge of the Spanish giants would be coming to an end after this season.
Lampard had been attracting interest from a number of teams eager to snap the midfielder up, including newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester United and MLS side LA Galaxy.
However, the newspaper reports talks of a deal to the United States have fallen through and England coach Roy Hodgson has suggested that he would prefer to see Lampard remain in Europe.
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