Aguero: Lampard vital part of Man City title defence

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero believes Frank Lampard is a vital part of their bid to defend the Premier League crown, according to Sky Sports, and his goals could be the key difference.

Lampard left Premier League rivals Chelsea after 13 long and successful years at the club that saw him win every trophy available to the Blues.

The 36-year-old was snapped up on a free by Manchester City’s new American based franchise New York City before subsequently being loaned to the champions – and has been in impressive form.

His goal at the weekend was his fifth in 11 games for City and new team mate Aguero, who himself is in scintillating form, has hailed his impact and hopes he will stay beyond the initial loan agreement.

He said: “He’s been a really important player for us – a key player.

“Whether he starts the game or comes on in the second half, he’s played a really key role in most of the games he’s featured in.

“It would be fantastic if he could stay – he’s a Premier League legend – and it’s been a real pleasure for me to line up alongside him. I can always say that I played alongside Frank Lampard.

“It’s something the club will decide but if we could get him to stay longer, I think he could be the difference.”

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted he and the club are keen to extend the ex-England international’s stay at the Etihad Stadium beyond January, when he is due to join up with New York for the new MLS season.

And with Lampard settled and playing well, the Chilean boss admitted it would be a hard decision to make.

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