The decision came down to the last possible day.
New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard will stay on loan at Manchester City until the end of the Premier League season.
Lampard will now miss the start of the MLS season until the Sky Blues play their final match this spring.
The English midfielder was put in the squad for City’s match against Sunderland on Jan.1, but boss Manuel Pellegrini couldn’t disclose much on the deal this morning.
“He is in the squad list for tomorrow. He can play tomorrow,” Pellegrini said.
“I said during December we will know what happens with the future of Frank Lampard. It is important for him to stay with us. Today we finish December. I hope today we will have news.”
With Yaya Toure heading to the Africa Cup of Nations in January, the need for the 36-year-old, who’s been in fine form with six goals in 17 matches for Manchester this season, has become more glaring.
Lampard’s loan to England was originally utilized for him to maintain fitness levels, but now, his role at the Premier League giant has changed.
While missing the services of the talented veteran, Major League Soccer must be impressed with his evident skill, rejecting the notion that Lampard cannot perform up to standards in a world-renowned soccer league.
“Frank Lampard’s performance at Manchester City reaffirms that he is one of the world’s elite midfielders and we look forward to him joining NYCFC during the 2015 season,” said MLS deputy commissioner Mark Abbott.