Even with Lampard’s excellent performances during the second part of the season, it looks like Chelsea are not keen on extending the midfielder’s contract. In recent statements the club denied any intention of keeping the 34 year old English international at Stamford Bridge even though fans strongly support one of the Blues’ most iconic players. Lampard is currently targeted by several European clubs but also by some MLS teams that are known to spend serious money to bring big names to the US.
Chief executive Ron Gourlay was not willing to talk too much about the midfielder’s situation knowing the relation between the club and fans has not been that good this season. Benitez is constantly being booed, Mourinho banners are more and more often seen in the stands and things would not improve if a negative answer comes out in regards to Lampard’s contract situation.
It seems that the gap between Chelsea’s player and the club is too big and that Abramovich is determined to get rid of Stamford Bridge idol, Frank Lampard. The Blues’ midfielder is close to becoming the clubs’ most prolific scorer being just three goals away from Bobby Tambling’s 202 goal record. Even if it is pretty obvious that Lampard is not on the top of his game, he still managed to save his team a couple of times, unlike some other younger and more expensive members of the team.
It is still a mystery why Chelsea are so determined to end their collaboration with Lampard. It looks like they are the only ones that don’t see a reason for keeping the midfielder for at least another year. In recent statements, former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins supported the 34 year old midfielder and asked his former team to reconsider their decision regarding Lampard, who has been with the Blues since 2001. The reluctance to sign Lampard to another contract seems strange especially when considering the fact that Ashley Cole was offered a one year extension.
With the end of the season rapidly approaching it is becoming clearer and clearer that Lampard will be finding a new team to play for, all this when during the winter transfer period he said he would stay on at Stamford Bridge even if his salary had to be massively decreased.