Early Manchester City departure for Frank Lampard? New York City FC coach tackles the reports

Frank Lampard

Head coach Jason Kreis is excited at the prospect of picking the veteran midfielder in his line-up but stresses that he still isn't planning to until the summer.

New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis has told SBISoccer.com that there is no truth to reports suggesting that Frank Lampard could join the MLS club before his scheduled summer arrival.

Since extending his stay with parent club Manchester City until the end of the season, Lampard has seen his playing time steadily diminish, with the midfielder earning just one Premier League start in 2015.

Said to be far from pleased about his situation, the Daily Mail claimed at the weekend that the 36-year-old could make an early move to New York as soon as this month now City are both out of Europe and unlikely to catch Chelsea in the title race.

Kreis would certainly like to have his star man available as soon as possible but stresses that he’s heard nothing himself about such claims.

“No, it’s certainly not something that’s being discussed,” he said. “We’re approaching this in the exact same way that we have since in January when we found out for sure that he was staying until the summer, and we need to prepare ourselves and be ready for him to join us in the summer.

“We’re still very excited about that prospect, but we’re not going to speculate on anything happening sooner than that.”

However, with Premier League action paused during the international break, Lampard will take the chance to make a quick stop in New York to familiarise himself with his future surroundings, as well as take in the club’s match against Sporting Kansas City at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

“I have not yet spoken to him, but obviously we’ll get to spend some time together and it’s really exciting,” Kreis added. “He’s going to take the time and make the effort to come over and see us this weekend when he has a break and I look forward to spending some time with him and also getting him around the guys some more. I think that’s important.”

In the meantime, NYCFC have got off to a solid start to their inaugural campaign in Lampard’s absence, picking up a win and two draws from their opening three matches.

That doesn’t mean they’re no less excited about his impending arrival, though, with soon-to-be midfield partner Mix Diskerud declaring: "We met him in Manchester in preseason. He’s a great guy. I can’t wait to get to play with him.

“He obviously is a high-class player and is going to contribute a lot of things. I can’t wait for him to come. In Manchester, I told him just to take it easy. The midfield will be great, we’ll take care of it until you come, so when he comes, it’s going to be fun.”

Even Spanish superstar and club captain David Villa – a man who’s played alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Xavi – seems thrilled at the prospect of lining up alongside the Chelsea legend.

“He’s one of the best players in the world, a legend, and when he gets here he will make us better, no doubt.”

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