City chief hits back at anger over extended deal for midfield star.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has insisted that his club is the best place for veteran midfielder Frank Lampard, though he admitted that next season he will be at newly formed MLS side New York City FC, Sky Sports reports.
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The defending Premier League champions announced on New Year’s Eve that they would be extending the former England star’s loan deal until the end of the current campaign, and instead of releasing him to join NYCFC in time for the new MLS season.
And Pellegrini, while understanding that the New York fans are desperate to see the 36-yar-old in action, says it makes sense for him to stay at the Etihad Stadium for the time being.
“Maybe all the New York fans, and I understand perfectly, they want to see Frank playing, because for the fans in New York to see Frank play is an amazing thing,” he said.
“I hope that he will be there next year but I think that in this moment the best decision for him, for the club, for New York is to stay here with us.”