Frank Lampard looks set to miss the start of New York City FC‘s inaugural season in Major League Soccer as Manchester City are looking to extend his loan spell until at least the end of March, according to the Mirror’s Steve Stammers.
The initial agreement between New York City and parent club Manchester City meant that Lampard’s stay with the Premier League champions would be set to end in the next two weeks.
But his impressive form this campaign means Manuel Pellegrini wants to keep him until at least the end of March, so that he can play in the next round of the Champions League and perhaps beyond.
“Frank is a top player, he must continue scoring goals, he is great inside the box. We know exactly what we must do,” Pellegrini said after City’s win against Leicester yesterday, in which the 36-year-old scored his sixth goal for the Citizens.
“Frank wants to stay, we want to keep him. We must resolve the problem with New York City and with the MLS.”
If the case, the news won’t please New York City fans who want to see their midfield star play for them in time for the start of the 2015 MLS season.
Missing pre-season training wouldn’t be good, but missing the team’s first ever game as an MLS club would be a far sight worse.
Lampard is a New York City player. Manchester City need to respect that and let him return to New York in time for March. Ownership issues will only get worse otherwise.
What do you make of the Lampard situation – should he be allowed to stay with Manchester City until the end of March?