We as a footballing nation find ourselves absolutely aghast at the idea Chelsea FC are not going to offer Frank Lampard a contract extension. It is a decision purely out of the hands of footballing men as the impotent ‘interim’ manager Rafa Benitez can do nothing to prevent such a deal. The truth remains at the end of the season neither is likely to be at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are surely missing a trick. Here is a player who is still well and truly in form, in fact some may argue he has added extra dimensions to his game as he has advanced in age. Soon enough he will be the clubs record goalscorer and just like Didier Drogba last summer; Chelsea fans will have to say goodbye to a hero.
But while we cannot believe that this is going on nobody seems to be panicking over the situation at their Northern rivals Manchester United in regards to a veteran international.
Rio Ferdinand has arguably had his best season in years as he has managed to stay fit through a detailed fitness programme designed to regulate his chronic back issues. A programme so important it meant he could not play for England in their most recent international fixtures.
Yet his contract expires on literally the same day as Lamps. So why are we not all saying; what is Sir Alex thinking?
Well it is that age old thing fans of Chelsea like to reference their lack of; history.
History suggests, as was the case with Drogba, that Chelsea will let Lampard go for fresh blood to be given a chance. History also suggests that Roman Abramovich will not mind seeing him go despite any success or future importance. This can be seen in his ruthless dealings with the clubs previous managers. Carlo Ancelotti, Jose Mourinho, Andre Villas Boas, Roberto Di Matteo … Rafa Benitez. Simply put he is a hard man to change the mind of.
United however have a history of standing by their veteran players. Scholes, Neville and Van Der Sar for instance. Oh and of course the figurehead of Manchester United’s Fergie regime; Ryan Giggs.
Therefore most people know that at the end of the current campaign Rio will be offered at least a one-year-extension to his Old Trafford career.
Whether he accepts it or not is an entirely different matter.
Do you think Rio Ferdinand will be a Manchester United player next season?
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