No talks over Lampard future

  • Last Updated: December 31 2012, 8:43 GMT

Frank Lampard has held no talks with Chelsea over a new contract, with the England international set to leave the London club either next month or in the summer unless a new deal is agreed.

Frank Lampard: Scored twice against Everton
Frank Lampard: Scored twice against Everton

Frank Lampard

18. Frank Lampard

Title Number
Appearances 4 (5)
Goals 4
Assists 2
Yellows 1
Reds 0
*Current Season

The 34-year-old was highly influential in the Blues' 2-1 win at Everton on Sunday, netting both goals to move one behind the club's second-top goalscorer of all time, Kerry Dixon.

It has been reported for some time that no new deal will be forthcoming for Lampard, with the player having been linked to the Los Angeles Galaxy, Chinese Super League side Guizhou Renhe and also west London rivals QPR.

Asked by BBC Sport whether he would be around at Chelsea long enough to equal or beat Dixon, Lampard said: "I'm only one behind so hopefully I'll beat that, but you never should count your chickens.

"At the minute there is nothing been said and my contract's till the summer. I'm enjoying playing, I'm working hard in training, I'm loving being part of the team and the ability we've got in the team.

"That's all I can tell you at the minute, and that's fair enough for me, I'm happy just to keep playing well and contributing to winning games."

  • Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez faces a hostile reception today as his Chelsea side travel to Goodison Park to face Everton.
  • The game is off to a flyer, as Victor Anichebe heads Phil Jagielka's cross against the post before Steven Pienaar follows up to make it 1-0 after a minute.
  • The early goal leaves Goodison Park rocking, as Everton continue to dominate the play and create chances.
  • Chelsea have come back into the game as the half has drawn on, and Ramires curls in a cross that finds Lampard's head...
  • The Blues' skipper nods home to level the score on 42 minutes and set up an exciting second half.
  • The ball ricochets around the Everton penalty area before Lampard pops up again to give Chelsea a 2-1 win.
  • The Game ends in a 2-1 win for Chelsea, and Blues fans will be desperate to keep hold of Frank Lampard in the January transfer window.
  • Liverpool's Luis Suarez runs past Clint Hill of QPR on his way to scoring the opening goal at Loftus Road.
  • Luis Suarez celebrates scoring Liverpool's opener.
  • Goalkeeper Julio Cesar of QPR dives in vain as Liverpool's Daniel Agger scores his side's third goal.
  • QPR boss Harry Redknapp is left worried after his side concede three early goals.
  • Armand Traore is tackled by Liverpool's Glen Johnson.
  • Jose Enrique is challenged by QPR's Stephane Mbia as the Reds go on to win 3-0 at Loftus Road
Pictures from the final games of 2012, featuring Everton vs Chelsea and Liverpool vs QPR.

Chelsea's supporters again called for the club to offer Lampard a new contract, but asked if he had sat down with Blues officials to discuss a new deal, Lampard said: "No."

Interim Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez brushed aside questions about Lampard's future after the win which took his side up to third place in the Barclays Premier League.

"Lampard is a great player, a good professional, who is doing well for us and I will try to bring the best out of him until the end of the season," said Benitez.

"He is one of the players who if he gets in the box he can be dangerous.

"He is under contract. He has shown his full commitment. He is a great player and my job is to keep him fit, happy and scoring goals.

"If he can score goals every game I'll be pleased."

One goalscorer linked with a move to Chelsea is Newcastle striker Demba Ba.

The 27-year-old Senegal international has been widely talked about with regard to a January move to Stamford Bridge to provide added firepower to the Blues attack. Ba has a release clause of £7million in his Magpies contract, but Benitez would not be drawn on the reports when asked about it at Goodison Park yesterday.

"We don't talk about our business in public. My job is to prepare for the games, enjoy them if we win and then after they (the club) will let me know what is going to happen," he said.

"He is a player who is playing for another team so I don't like to talk about other players."


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