Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has opened up a can of worms.
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With New York City FC player Frank Lampard on loan to their sister club Manchester City ahead of NYC’s inaugural MLS season kicking off in March 2015, the 36-year-old Englishman was due to head to MLS and link up with his new team in January.
But after scoring six goals in 14 appearances and having a huge influence to drag City back into the Premier League title race, Pellegrini is eager to keep Lampard around for longer. Asked by reporters if his club New York would be upset with Man City trying to hold onto him for longer, Pellegini doesn’t see why they would be upset.
“No, I don’t think so,” Pellegrini said. “That’s why we are having long conversations with all of them. It is not just about what is better for one club, but what is better for all of the clubs.”
Pellegrini is of course talking about the City Football Group, which holds a majority share in New York City FC and also Melbourne City FC
“I hope Frank’s situation will be resolved in the next few days,” Pellegrini said. “I said at the beginning that it would be in December that we made the last decision. But I repeat once again Frank is very important for our team so I hope he will stay.”
This situation is a tricky one as multiple club ownership by Sheikh Mansour means that sharing players between teams will become tricky. Yes, in the long run NYC FC will benefit greatly from loan signings from Man City and potentially in Melbourne, but right now it is looking increasingly likely that Jason Kreis will be without his star man for the opening few months of the season, while MLS will be down a Designated Player.
Here’s hoping this situation, as Pellegrini promised, will be ironed out in the next few days.