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Frank Lampard should tell Chelsea where to stick their contract extension

The England international has been in great form recently and that has reportedly caused a change of heart from his clubs hierarchy. Should he move on regardless?

According to SkySports.com Chelsea may be about to perform a U-turn on the decision not to offer a new contract to midfield talisman Frank Lampard. This is what they had to say:

When asked about the situation, Chelsea's head of communications Steve Atkins told Sky Sports News: "CFC do not comment on speculation about players or their contracts."

But on Thursday afternoon, a day after Lampard scored England's winner in the 2-1 win over Brazil at Wembley, it appears there have been positive talks about a new deal between the player and the club's representatives.

It is obvious why Chelsea would be considering such a move. The midfield talisman has been in fantastic form in recent weeks and his winning goal for England was testament to that fact. He has scored eight goals in his last 13 appearances for Chelsea leading many to scratch their heads in bemusement at the clubs decision not to offer him a new contract at the end of the season.

Chelsea fans will be jubilant at the news as they have been calling for such action for months now but what Frank Lampard should do is say thanks, but no thanks.

The way the club has doubted his ability recently due simply to his age has been a rather disgraceful act toward an undeniable club legend. When you consider the role the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes still have at Manchester United you can see why having someone with this amount of ability and experience in the squad can be a huge benefit; it is no wonder why Manchester United have been linked with his signature.

There is little doubt in my mind that he will break the all-time scoring record of 202 goals for Chelsea currently held by Bobby Tambling. He is six goals away from achieving the feat and the form he is currently in he could be celebrating that milestone by the end of March.

Then there is his recent belief that he can still do a job for England at the 2014 World Cup; and you have to agree with him at the moment even if it would be as an impact substitute.

That might rule out a move to places far and wide such as the MLS or China and frankly he is too good to move out there right now anyhow. He should look at the example of players like Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso and Clarence Seedorf who have continued to be valued members of their teams in Italy late into their careers and consider a move to Serie A in the summer.

There he can still play top-class football, push for the World Cup selection and play for a club that really wants him rather than one who can’t seem to make their minds up.

It wouldn’t be the fans fault if he did; but don’t be surprised if Lampard tells Chelsea to stick their contract.

Do you think Lampard should leave Chelsea after proving the hierarchy wrong?

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