When Frank Lampard went on loan to Manchester City, many thought it was a fitness stint to stay in shape for his first season with New York City FC.
But Lampard has turned back the clocks as the 36-year-old has delighted his manager Manuel Pellegrini, tallying five goals in his first 13 appearances for the club.
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Lampard has only made two Premier League starts for the Citizens, but has provided valuable minutes off the bench, using his experience to help control the midfield and see out games.
His loan from NYCFC runs through the end of December, as Lampard is set to return to America for the new year to train for the MLS season that begins in March.
However, Manuel Pellegrini has stated his desire to keep the English legend at the Etihad as City contend for the Premier League title.
Of course I’d like him to stay longer. He’s a very important player for us and we need him in this moment. I hope we will not have any problems for him to stay here.
He has a loan just until the end of December but it [whether he stays] is not depending on just one opinion. There is another club involved, the MLS is involved also, so there’s a lot of parties with an arrangement.”
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Despite Pellegrini’s wishes, it would be tough to keep Lampard in Manchester. NYCFC has the same majority ownership as Manchester City, and Lampard is set to be the star attraction when the club begins its inaugural season in the MLS.
If Lampard leaves for New York in January, City may look to the transfer window to bring in some new bodies, as they will also be without Yaya Toure, who will be with the Ivory Coast for the African Cup of Nations.