Villas-Boas wants Lampard to stay at Chelsea

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas insists that Frank Lampard should stay at Stamford Bridge, despite their much-publicised bust-up, Sky Sports reports.

The 33 year old England international has not featured regularly for the club this season and Villas-Boas is believed to be unhappy with the way senior stars, including Lampard, have challenged him. Lampard admitted after Saturday’s win over Bolton that their relationship was ‘not ideal’, prompting reports that the player could be interested in a move abroad.

Villas-Boas refused to rule out the chance of Lampard leaving in the summer, but remains confident of keeping the England international. Lampard has scored 12 goals so far this season and his strike against Bolton was the 150th league goal of his Chelsea career.

The Blues boss said when asked whether Lampard has a future at Chelsea: ‘I hope so. It does not depend on me. It depends on three parts – I want him, the person wants to stay and the club wants him. Frank goes on and on breaking the club’s records and that is important for him. He is a player who has been involved with all managers before and played in most of the games. The only difference this year is that we have more competition in midfield’.

Lampard has faced competition in the Blues midfield from Raul Meireles and Ramires, but has still managed to net 10 goals so far this term, from 22 appearances.

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