Yesterday we read that Manchester City had “no agreement with New York” over Lampard, raising concerns that he might never get to play for New York City FC in MLS.
But his agent, Steve Kutner, then revealed quite the opposite, stating that the former Chelsea hero had agreed a contract with New York City that would start in the summer.
And this morning Lampard’s representatives SKM LTD (Steve Kutner Management Ltd) released a statement made by the player himself, which should clear everything up.
We’ve been waiting for a long time to hear Lampard speak out about what was actually going on, as the player had been paraded around New York last year and was meant to be joining up with the team in time for the new season in March.
That won’t be happening now but Lampard has confirmed that he will be in New York this summer playing in MLS as we had all hoped.Embed from Getty Images
“I want to make it completely clear about my situation as I have read a lot of lies and nonsense over the past few days.
When released from Chelsea last year at the end of my contract I signed a commitment to play for New York City FC for two years starting January 1st 2015.
I was then offered the chance to train and be a part of the Manchester City squad in the interim to keep myself in the best shape going into New York.
This period has since been extended by Man City and I will now start playing for NYCFC at the end of this current Premier League season.”
So it would appear that Manchester City are pulling the strings as Lampard states “this period has since been extended by Manchester City” but the player has confirmed that he will be in MLS with New York City by the summer.
He didn’t use the word ‘contract’ when discussing what he signed with New York City but “commitment” instead.
It is pleasing to see Lampard come out and speak before the situation could spiral even further out of control, and we now look forward to seeing him play in Major League Soccer this summer.