Chelsea silent on reports Frank Lampard has signed new contract

The midfielder will be a free agent this summer

Chelsea today declined to comment on reports that midfielder Frank Lampard has agreed a new one-year contract to extend his 12-year stay at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard, who joined from West Ham in 2001 and whose current deal expires at the end of the season, is poised to captain Chelsea in tonight's Europa League final with Benfica in Amsterdam in the likely absence of John Terry.

The future of the England midfielder, who will be 35 in June, has been shrouded in uncertainty, but after surpassing the club's goalscoring record last Saturday a conclusion is close.

Speaking last week, prior to netting his 202nd and 203rd Chelsea goals in the 2-1 defeat of Aston Villa, Lampard said: "I've always said that I wanted to spend all of my career here so I think everyone knows that."

 

Follow all the latest news on the match and keep up-to-date with developments in Amsterdam by clicking here

 

It is possible tonight's match could be Lampard's last in Europe for the Blues, whose 69-game competitive season concludes at home to Everton on Sunday.

Speaking on the eve of the match, he refused to contemplate the future.

Lampard, who overtook Bobby Tambling's 43-year-old mark of 202 goals with his double at Villa Park, said: "I don't know what the future exactly holds, but it doesn't matter. It's about winning the game.

"All of us here want to win this for Chelsea."

If Lampard, who has been linked with moves to Los Angeles Galaxy, among others, is granted an extension, it could see a reunion with Jose Mourinho, who has been strongly linked with a return to Stamford Bridge as manager this summer.

The influence of Chelsea's most established stars, who made their names under Mourinho, has lessened this season, less than a year after the Champions League triumph in Munich.

Terry has struggled for full fitness and to claim a place in the side, his ankle injury the latest blow.

The 32-year-old defender's contract expires at the end of next season.

Ashley Cole, who in February signed a 12-month contract extension, is a first-team regular, but has been injured for parts of the campaign.

Lampard has not been selected for some of Chelsea's most important matches - including the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City - as Chelsea's congested schedule has necessitated rotation by interim boss Rafael Benitez.

Nevertheless Lampard, who now is often deployed in a deep-lying midfield role, has scored 17 times this season.

He hopes to emulate the longevity of Manchester United duo Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

"I'd love to carry on as long as I feel I can do and I feel I'm fit," Lampard said last week.

"I'd love to do that, for another three or four years. I'd love to emulate those boys.

"Ryan Giggs [has] got an aura around him. All the players at the club look up to him. He's the mark."

Lampard also spoke of the collective desire for Chelsea to compete for the Barclays Premier League title once more, suggesting he has the ambition to continue performing for the Blues.

"I'd love us to be up there again fighting to win leagues," he said.

"One thing we've lacked in the last two or three years has been consistency, league wise. That's what we need to get back."

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project