A few days ago, reports emerged suggesting that Frank Lampard will be offered a new one-year contract extension, but there were reasons to doubt the truth behind those stories. Now, though, Lampard himself has confirmed that there is renewed hope that he may stay at the club next season.
Lampard’s contract runs out at the end of the season, and he recently guided Chelsea to yet another trophy. After winning the Europa League, Lampard said that he is yet to sit down with the club over his contract situation, but he is becoming very confident that he may remain as a Chelsea player next season.[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]”I really, really hope so. We haven’t sat down completely on it, but I hope so and the club’s been brilliant so it looks good.” – Lampard[/quote]
All along the way, Lampard has always stated that he wants to stay at Chelsea. As baffling as it may seem, Chelsea have somehow been reluctant to offer him a new deal. Their reasoning behind the situation – whether it be the age or any other issues – has not been clear.
However, it seems that a potential return for Mourinho in the summer could be secretly responsible for this renewed hope that Lampard might stay.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the Europa League final 2013, Rafa Benitez said, “He has worked hard in every training session and now, at the end, I think we could see he has improved. Some people were surprised when I said that but he has scored a lot of goals in this period. Maybe it was because we were managing him quite well.
“When you play two games a week, with his age and commitment, sometimes you are not fresh. You can see he still has a lot of football. He is fit and next year he will do well again.”
Either way, it is good news for all Chelsea fans.