Chelsea to offer only one-year deals to Lampard and Cole

Experienced Chelsea pair Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole are facing a decision on whether or not to accept short-term contracts at Stamford Bridge or seek a longer deal elsewhere, as the Daily Mail reports the Premier League leaders will only offer one-year renewals to the England internationals.

The existing contracts of both Lampard and Cole are due to expire in summer 2013, with each therefore free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with a club outside the Premier League as of January 1. The Mail notes that Lampard is already attracting interest from a number of clubs in China, including Shanghai Shenhua, home of ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, as well as MLS side LA Galaxy, who could team Lampard with David Beckham.

Drogba was in a similar situation a year ago, the newspaper adds, and was presented with an ultimatum of a one-year deal, having held out for two. When Drogba was not offered a longer contract, he accepted Shenhua’s offer instead and ended his eight-year Chelsea career.

Lampard has been at Chelsea for more than a decade, moving to the club from West Ham United in 2001. Cole also crossed London to join the Blues, leaving Arsenal in 2006, with France international William Gallas going in the opposite direction.

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