Manchester City are hoping to extend the loan deal agreed between themselves and New York City Football Club to keep Frank Lampard until March rather than January as had been agreed between the sister clubs.
Rumours have been circulating that Manchester City want to extend the loan period they have agreed for Frank Lampard from New York City Football Club until the Major League Soccer season starts in March. Meanwhile, the American franchise are expecting their player to be available for preseason training in January.
The former Chelsea man has enjoyed a sensational start to his time at City, scoring a crucial equalizer against his old club on his debut and bagging a brace in his side’s 7-0 thrashing of the hapless Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup. The Citizen’s boss Manuel Pelligrini has hinted he would be keen to hang on to Lampard and was quoted as saying that such an outcome “was not impossible”, in The Guardian. The MLS season doesn’t start until March and the suggestion is that Lampard would get more meaningful preparation playing Premier League football than in linking up with his new team mates in New York for preseason training.
Jason Kreis, the NYC coach, however does not see things this way and moved to quash rumours of an extended Lampard stay, he was quoted as saying simply.
“There is no truth in this rumour at all.”
Lampard along with former Spanish international David Villa are two big name signings the MLS outfit have made to market themselves on a bigger stage and they are demanding that their players report for preseason. It should be noted that the two clubs are backed by the same owner, so you would think if it comes to the crunch, the bigger fish, Manchester City, would get first call.
Meanwhile Lampard himself is understandably keen to stay out of what might become a bitter custody battle. The former English international’s comments on the matter were the epitome of diplomacy.
“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.’
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.