Manchester City vs Sheffield Wednesday: Manuel Pellegrini admits extending Frank Lampard loan is a real possibility

Lampard is due to return to New York City FC in January but could stay until February if City extend his deal

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini admitted he may try to extend Frank Lampard's loan spell at the club.

The former England man made it three goals in two games with a man-of-the-match performance in City's 7-0 Capital One Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Lampard made the surprise move to join City on loan last month from sister club New York City having been released by Chelsea in the summer.

The deal is until the start of January but, with the Major League Soccer season not beginning until March, Lampard's form has led to speculation that Pellegrini will try to keep him for longer.

 

The Chilean said: "At the moment I think it's not the most important thing. We'll see what happens in January.

"We have two or three months more to decide but I will look at what is important for the club and for the player. We must talk about a lot of things but it's not impossible."

Pellegrini picked a very strong team as City began the defence of their title but the hosts were frustrated by a resolute Wednesday display in the first half.

However, once Lampard bundled home the opener two minutes after the break, the floodgates opened.

Edin Dzeko scored in the 53rd minute and Jesus Navas made it three just over a minute later.

On the hour mark Yaya Toure slotted away a penalty after Kamil Zayatte saw red for felling Lampard and Dzeko added his second 13 minutes from time - his 11th in 11 League Cup games.

Teenage striker Jose Angel Pozo marked his debut with a goal in the 88th minute and Lampard slid in the seventh in injury time to set up a fourth-round meeting with Newcastle.

The result ended a run of four games without a win, and Pellegrini was particularly happy with the manner in which his team played in the second half.

"Maybe it was the change of attitude in the second half," he said. "I think we were more aggressive.

"When Sheffield played with one player less, of course it was easier for us, but when we scored the fourth goal, I think that is the way this team must play and the best reward is playing that way, more than the amount of goals that we scored."

Wednesday crossed the Pennines full of confidence after only one defeat in their opening 10 games of the season.

Manager Stuart Gray tried to take the positives from the first half but conceded the result was hard to take.

He said: "We had a nine-minute mad period where they scored three goals. It just shows the gulf between the Championship and a top-four Premier League team.

"They're world-class players and every mistake we made in that nine-minute period we got punished. I think two of the goals we were probably in their half and gave a sloppy pass away.

"After the sending off it was damage limitation. You take confidence from the first 45 minutes because I thought we dominated possession.

"Gary Madine had a reasonable half-chance, and it's about taking your chances. We've had seven clean sheets this season. To lose 7-0 has maybe shaken us a little bit."

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