Manchester City latest: Lampard loan boost, Ligue 1 youngster scouted

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Manchester City's hopes of extending Frank Lampard's loan deal have received a boost after New York City FC confirmed that part of their pre-season tour will be held in Manchester.

The MLS expansion franchise will travel across the Atlantic on February 6 and to play two exhibition matches during a 10-day training camp at City's new £200 million Etihad Campus.

Before their brief stay in the North West, NYCFC will enjoy some warm-weather training in Florida from January 24 to February 2, although it remains to be seen whether Lampard will join them in the sunshine state.

The 36-year-old midfielder's loan deal is set to expire on January 1 at present but, under this arrangement, he could be allowed to stay at the Etihad Stadium for a few more weeks, before training with his new teammates while continuing to turn out for the Blues until mid-February.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini remains keen to retain Lampard after seeing the former Chelsea star record five goals and four assists in 12 total appearances this season, while confirmation that Yaya Toure will head off to the African Cup of Nations in the New Year has left the club even more eager to come to a new arrangement over his spell.

In other transfer-related news, Manchester City were one of a handful of Premier League clubs who sent scouts to watch Rennes' in-form attacking midfielder Paul-Georges Ntep last weekend, according to French radio station RMC.

Representatives from Chelsea and Arsenal were also said to have been at Rennes' home match against Monaco on Saturday, where the 22-year-old grabbed both assists in a 2-0 win, with Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim later declaring that: "Ntep won the game on his own."

The France Under-21 international joined the Brittany-based club from Auxerre for around €5 million last January, having also been linked to Queens Park Rangers at the time, and has long-been touted as one of Ligue 1's most promising talents.

Recording six goals and five assists in 15 league appearances so far this season, a move as soon as this winter has been mooted, with Manchester United one of the other sides reported in recent weeks to be courting his signature.

Meanwhile, City striker Stefan Jovetic is convinced that the club's 3-2 comeback win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League last week will prove the turning point in their season.

the Blues recorded their second away win in four days with an emphatic 4-1 win at Sunderland on Wednesday night, with Jovetic grabbing the second, and the Montenegro international believes that the squad have been instilled with newfound confidence following the victory over the Bundesliga giants.

"I think that the game against Bayern gave us more confidence," he told Sky Sports. "Because, honestly, in the Champions League this year we haven't played well but that game helped us a lot and now we are in a very good moment.

"But we must continue like this. We are playing every three days and we need to give 100 per cent every game and be behind Chelsea and expect them to drop points."

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