Stamford Bridge midfielder China bound?
China bound? Guizhou Renhe owner says Frank Lampard has agreed to January move
Reports from Chinese social media say the Chelsea star will follow in former team-mate Didier Drogba’s footsteps with a move to China
Frank Lampard will sign for Chinese side Guizhou Renhe in January, according to reports from China this morning.
The side’s owner is reported to have told a journalist from state-owned China Central Television that the Chelsea midfielder has already agreed a deal.
The 34-year-old has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge as Roberto Di Matteo starts the process of replacing Chelsea’s old guard, with the England midfielder’s contract is up in June.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
If this is indeed true then it may well signal an end of an era for the Chelsea veteran who has served the West London club with distinction for over a decade.
It would be fairly foolish for Guizhou Renhe’s owner to make such a statement without it being true so perhaps the 34 year old is ready to join former Blues team-mates Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka in the Chinese Super League.
Whilst Shanghai Shenhua, who employ both Drogba and Anelka, have struggled for form and finished the 2012 season in ninth place, Guizhou Renhe clinched a top four finish.
Guizhou have a number of non-Chinese players including Bosnian international Zlatan Muslimovic and Spanish trio Nano, Ruben Suarez and Rafa Jorda, all of whom have extensive La Liga experience.
Lampard has seen his first team opportunities limited this term, managing just four Premier League starts thus far this term and given that the former West Ham man is in the final year of his current deal, with only a one year extension likely to be on offer, a move away from Stamford Bridge in January is a distinct possibility.
The England man has notched up 571 appearances for Chelsea since his £11m move from Upton Park in June 2001, scoring 189 goal in the process.
Roberto Di Matteo has seen youngsters Eden Hazard and Oscar bed in well since their summer moves to the club and the likes of Ramires and Juan Mata have cemented their place in the first team picture leaving little or no room for Lampard in either a central or wide midfield role.
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