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Plans are afoot for loanee Frank Lampard to remain in Manchester past his scheduled return to the USA, with reports that New York City FC could hold part of pre-season training for their inaugural MLS season at City's new £200 million Etihad Complex.
Lampard's loan is set to finish on January 1 at present, but this rumoured arrangement would seemingly allow him to both train with his new teammates and continue to turn out for the Blues for the first month of 2015, before making the move across the Alantic ahead of the new MLS campaign's start in March.
The ex-England international has scored four goals in seven games for Manuel Pellegrini's side so far, winning the club's player of the month award for September, and his impact has led to speculation that City will make a strong push to extend his stint.
If the plans go through then Lampard would be available to feature in scheduled league games against Sunderland, Everton, Arsenal and Chelsea, but he himself has remained mum on how things will unfold in a few months' time.
'I don’t know. The important thing for me is to train well, play well if I can, and then see what happens,' he was quoted in the Guardian. 'I signed on here till January so that is all I can say at the minute.'
The 19-year-old Belgian joined City on a three-year deal from Anderlecht's youth ranks in 2013, and has since been hailed as future Premier League star.
Moving to the Scottish champions on a season-long loan in August, his performances north of the border saw him earn a surprise call-up to the senior national team earlier this month but, while he admits he has benefited greatly from his time at Parkhead, the centre-back is eager to break into Pellegrini's first-team squad as soon as possible.
'I want to do well enough here to maybe play there. The loan move has already helped me a lot. I have played first team football and been called up to the national team.
'Being at Celtic has given me what I didn’t have at City.
'In U21 football you play against young opponents. At Celtic, I am playing against men. But I still want to go back to England after my loan and try to be a success. That is my priority.'