Benitez rejects discussion of Lampard’s Chelsea future

Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has declined to comment on the future of midfielder Frank Lampard, who has been continually linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window, Sky Sports has reported.

Lampard’s contract expires next summer and the England international has recently revealed that the club have yet to open negotiations on extending his stay, while Benitez has previously stated that he expects both Lampard and Ashley Cole, whose contract expires at the same time as Lampard’s, to leave the club upon the end of their current deals.

Queens Park Rangers, Monaco and LA Galaxy are among the teams said to be monitoring Lampard’s status, with the possibility raised that the 34-year-old could leave Chelsea next month rather than at the end of the season. And while Benitez was fulsome in his praise for Lampard, when pressed he could not guarantee where Lampard would be playing his football in the second half of the season.

The future of players is always the same. I can’t say too much. [Lampard] is fully committed to every training session and every game,” Benitez said. “He is an important player for us but I can’t say too much about how he feels (regarding his future). I’m happy with his attitude.

Lampard moved to Chelsea in 2001, signed by Claudio Ranieri, who is now the manager of Monaco. In his 11 years with the Blues Lampard has won the Premier League title three times and the Champions League once.

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