Stamford Bridge midfielder on his way to China?
Frank Lampard in talks with Chinese Super League club Guizhou Renhe confirms
Chinese club Guizhou Renhe have opened talks with Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, according to reports.
Renhe’s deputy board chairman Yang Xiayou was quoted in reports published today saying the club were in contact with Lampard but that no deal had been done.
It followed reports in which the club’s chairman Dai Yongge had claimed Lampard would join them as captain in January.
Lampard’s agent declined to comment on speculation about the midfielder’s future when contacted by Press Association
Sport, and Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo dismissed the link to Renhe when the subject was raised in a press conference following Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool yesterday.
According to reports, Chelsea are not prepared to offer more than a one-year extension to Lampard, who could secure a lucrative payday to finish his career elsewhere.
The time is probably right for Frank Lampard to consider continuing his footballing career away from Stamford Bridge and a move to China will certainly lead to untold riches but clearly this wouldn’t be the only motivating factor for the 34 year old midfielder to consider, after all the Chelsea man is a millionaire many times over.
The offer of the captain’s armband and a new challenge in China may well tempt the England man, who has seen his first team spot in Roberto Di Matteo’s side severely limited.
The arrivals of Eden Hazard and Oscar combined with the consistency shown by Ramires has more or less pushed the former West Ham man out of the Blues boss’s thinking.
In his first nine seasons at Chelsea Lampard missed just 21 matches, therefore appearing in 318 of 342 Premier League matches. However this term the goal-scoring midfielder has started just four of eleven top tier matches and now into the final year of his current contract the time has come to consider his options.
A move to China may trump possible MLS interest, especially with former Blues team-mates Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka also playing in the Chinese Super League, perhaps a move to Guizhou Renhe could become a reality as early as January?
Would such a move threaten his place in Roy Hodgson’s England set-up, where he is still a key performer having scored three goals in World Cup qualifiers already during the Three Lions’ pursuit of a spot at the 2014 finals.
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