With Frank Lampard’s loan deal with Manchester City set to expire at the end of December, time is running out for Manuel Pellegrini to agree an extension for the New York City FC star to remain at their sister club.
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Lampard, 36, signed for New York City FC of Major League Soccer in the summer as a Designated Player but has since been on loan to their sister club Manchester City and had made quite the impression on Pellegrini and City’s fans with five goals in 13 appearances so far.
In the latest twist in this complicated saga, Pellegrini revealed that he wants Lampard to remain at the Etihad Stadium until the end of the season but also stated that MLS and other parties are involved in the discussion as they try to figure out what’s best for everyone.
“I think Frank is a very important player for us and I hope we will not have any problems for him to stay here. I hope we can have a decision as soon as possible. He has a loan just until the end of December and there is another club involved. The MLS is involved also,” Pellegirni said. “There are a lot of parties with an arrangement. It’s not just depending on one opinion. If he can finish the year here, better – but I think that the MLS is a very important league also and I think that Frank Lampard will be very happy in the United States.”
So, an initial loan deal which was sorted out for Lampard to train and maybe play the odd game while he waited for NYC FC to being their inaugural 2015 season has turned into something a whole lot bigger. With City pushing Chelsea all the way at the top of the Premier League and qualifying for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, the English midfielder has become an integral part of Pellegrini’s rotation.
Who will win this debate on where Lampard ends up: MLS, Manchester City or New York City? What is best for the player and his new club?