Di Matteo wants Lampard stay

Roberto Di Matteo is confident that Frank Lampard will extend his contract at Chelsea and is hopeful the veteran midfielder will continue to play for years to come.

Reported by Sky Sports, the Italian boss has spoken of the 34-year-olds quality and how important he is to the Blues. Di Matteo said:

“I’ve been very happy with Frank and he shows his qualities that he has in very game that he plays, so a very influential player within the group as well. He’s in good shape, he’ not suffered any major injuries and he looks after himself. We’ve seen that many players who life a professional life can go and play up to their late 30’s”

This praise of Lampard was prompted by a question about ongoing contract talks between the player and the club. The English international only has a year left on his deal, which has caused speculation about a move to the MLS.

However, Lampard himself has moved to put an end to these rumours by admitting he would ‘love’ to end his career at Stamford Bridge.

In his time in West London, the playmaker has won almost everything and has set an incredibly high standard for whoever should follow him. Since arriving in 2001 he has scored a total of 186 goals in 559 games making him the clubs 3rd all time top scorer – that tally included 16 strikes last season.

Chelsea kick off their new campaign against Wigan this afternoon, and Lampard – as ever – is expected to start.

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