Manchester City's Frank Lampard deal causes 'outrage'. Fans feel duped

Manchester City's announcement that Frank Lampard is to see out the season in the Premier League has not gone down well with New York City fans.

Manchester City will argue that they have done nothing wrong, with few predicting that Frank Lampard would make such an impact at the Etihad Stadium.

They saw him agree a deal to link up with sister club New York City after leaving Chelsea as a free agent and were fully supportive of a switch to MLS.

There was, however, a window of opportunity which allowed him to remain in the Premier League before heading to the States for the 2015 campaign.

Manuel Pellegrini probably expected to honour that agreement, with Lampard added to the City ranks to help meet home-grown quotas and add valuable experience to the squad.

He has seen the veteran midfielder emerge as a key performer, though, and is well within his rights to have pushed for a loan extension through to the end of the 2014/15 campaign – especially with Yaya Toure heading off to the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.

The decision to keep him in England has not been well received in the USA, though, with NYC fans feeling duped by the fanfare which accompanied the announcement of Lampard’s imminent arrival.

A statement released by supporters’ group The Third Rail read: "On behalf of the Third Rail, we would like to publicly denounce City Football Group's and Frank Lampard's decision to extend his loan to Manchester City until the end of the Premier League season.

"Many fans, including our members, decided to support the team, committed to season tickets, and bought merchandise under the impression that Frank Lampard would be playing for New York City Football Club, not Manchester City

“Many of those fans are rightly outraged by this decision, and we support any course of action they take to voice their discontent over this decision.

"Our support for our ownership group has been unwavering until now, but this we cannot support

“We reject out of hand any suggestion that NYCFC is in any way secondary to Manchester City FC, regardless of the source, and are disappointed that City Football Group would give such an appearance.

"The Third Rail will forever act as a voice for the fans of New York City Football Club."

  GoalsGoal AssistTotal Scoring AttTotal TackleTotal PassAppearancesMins Played
Frank Lampard 4 1 12 10 270 14 342

Frustrations Stateside are understandable, but they must have feared that this is how things were going to play out.

City have taken advantage of an unusual situation which has allowed them to obtain the services of a proven Premier League performer, and they are determined to make the most of it.

It also has to be noted that Lampard has not backtracked on his decision to make an MLS move and will complete a switch once his commitments at the Etihad Stadium come to a close.

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