Chelsea in U-turn over Lampard contract

Chelsea have opened talks with Frank Lampard on a new contract with the Premier League side, the Daily Mail has claimed, having previously refused to consider extending the terms of the prolific veteran.

Lampard’s current deal is due to expire at the end of this season and Chelsea had for the most part been steadfast in their decision to let the 34-year-old leave Stamford Bridge after 12 years. That is despite Lampard’s goal scoring form which has brought 11 goals in 29 games for his club, and four in four at international level.

The Mail claims Lampard was informed last week that Roman Abramovich had changed his mind about allowing him to leave and wanted to begin talks over a new contract, which has happened, with a formal offer to come. It is expected to be a one-year extension.

Lampard has moved to within five goals of becoming Chelsea’s all-time top scorer, trailing Bobby Tambling’s 202, and the newspaper adds that Lampard has always been clear in his desire to remain at the club.

As Lampard is in the final six months of his contract he is free to speak with clubs outside England about a pre-contract agreement that would see him move on in the summer, with talks with LA Galaxy said to be at an advanced stage as Lampard considers a move to the United States.

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