Lampard confirms new Chelsea contract is close

Frank Lampard has confirmed he is close to signing a new contract at Chelsea, BBC Sport has reported, after the England midfielder helped the Blues to victory over Benfica in the Europa League final.

Lampard captained the side in the absence of John Terry and twice went close to scoring, having one swerving effort scooped away by Benfica goalkeeper Artur, and striking the crossbar with another shot in the second-half.

Goals from Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic – who netted in the third minute of injury time – eventually delivered the trophy, with Oscar Cardozo netting a penalty for the vanquished Portuguese.

The 34-year-old also recently became Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer but his future at Stamford Bridge had been in doubt as his contract moved towards expiry. However, speaking after the final whistle Lampard revealed he had been in talks with the club over extending his stay, and reaffirmed his desire to remain with Chelsea.

Hopefully it can be sorted out. I am talking to the club. I hope to be here next year – everybody knows that,” Lampard, who moved to Chelsea from West Ham in 2001, said.

Lampard also expressed his delight at lifting the Europa League, a year after Chelsea claimed the Champions League. He said: “It’s another great night for the club – for all of us. It was a tough game and the feeling at the end was very special.

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