No, it’s not the apparent return of Jose Mourinho, it’s widespread reports that the club are ready to offer Frank Lampard a new deal.
The future of Frank Lampard has been one of the main issues at Chelsea all season long and finally they seem ready to offer him a rolling one-year contract.
The Independent have reported today that Chelsea are getting a new deal ready for the veteran midfielder, after rumours that he could be moved on throughout the season.
It’s hugely positive news considering Lampard has been one of the club’s most consistent midfield men throughout this year, producing a great record of 13 goals and a single assist from all Premier League appearances.
It’s never been more important for Chelsea to retain a player of his quality with a midfield that displays a lot of inexperience through the likes of Oscar and Eden Hazard.
He’s also vitally important to Chelsea ahead of next year in terms of keeping that experience injected into the team, as new signings arrive and settle into the side during the summer transfer window.
He may now be 34-years-old but he is having a similar effect on the current Chelsea side to when he first joined the team, which has led to calls from various fans and pundits to get him signed up before any of the club’s rivals can react.
The news could also be a further sign of Mourinho’s return as Lampard was one of his highest profile lieutenants during his first spell in charge of the club.
Lampard had seemingly made his mind up over a £6 million deal to go and play Major League Soccer over in the United States, and Mourinho could be one of the things that caused him to turn his back on that new adventure.
Chelsea don’t need to take any risks with him and they can use him in the same way Manchester United use Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes; sparingly and when they need to.
In terms of his decision to sign the new deal with Chelsea it’s important that whoever the new manager is, they make it clear to him that he’s probably not going to be starting in every game.
It’s also the contracts of Giggs and Scholes which should demonstrate to Lampard that he can still stay at Chelsea for a long time because both of those players have been on rolling contracts for years.
That already seems to have been a concession that he’s made under Rafael Benitez and it’s something which should prolong his career in the Premier League, which is substantially higher in quality than the MLS.
It may depend on who the new boss is but if it is Mourinho then get your money on Lampard staying at Chelsea right now, because there is no way in hell the club should let him go without a fight, even more so under the Portuguese coach.
Do you expect him to sign on?
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