Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini would not shut the door on the idea of his club keeping Frank Lampard longer than his current six-month loan deal.
Signed by new Major League Soccer franchise New York City FC over the summer, Lampard is keeping in shape with City while his new team gets itself up-and-running. He made headlines this weekend when he scored the equalizer, refusing to celebrate, against his longtime team, Chelsea, at the Etihad Stadium.
Just a man doing a job, Lampard said. Pellegrini’s been impressed by the ex-Chelsea star, which means the Premier League club may have a bit to say about whether Lampard makes his way to MLS and one of their owners’ other clubs.
“I can’t answer about that in this moment,” said Pellegrini before the Capital One Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday.
“Frank will stay until January because until January he doesn’t have anything to do in the United States because they are not working. In January we will see what is happening and we will make a decision then.”
It’s something to keep an eye on, obviously, and we’ve seen plenty loans extended in the past. In just one example and a different case, Jermain Defoe stuck around Tottenham for a bit after he was sold to Toronto FC.
But how would it affect NYC FC and its fan base? Would it cost the club extra — in man power — when Lampard gets to this part of the MLS season next year? He’ll be 37 next June. Thirty-seven.
What would Lampard want? Hard to tell from the weekend’s celebration, so maybe we’ll have to wait until he’s a part of a goal celebration that doesn’t shatter his heart.