NYC FC’s Frank Lampard will not be going out on loan to Melbourne City as expected, instead NYC FC’s parent club, Manchester City have decided that they want the Chelsea and England player and Lamps will head to the Etihad Stadium on loan until January.
“As you know Frank has signed a contract with New York City and will start working here (the United States) in January as the season starts in March,” Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini told a post-match press conference televised by Sky Sports News. “From next Wednesday he will start working with our team and will play for us until then. At the moment he will work with the squad and be a member of the squad. He will fight for a position.
“He knows we have a very good team, we have a lot of players in his position. He is one player more. We have a lot of games particularly with the Champions League – so he’s very important for our team.”
Lampard was unveiled in New York on 24 July and admitted he was eager to keep himself fit ahead of his American adventure.
“I’m going to keep fit, that’s the main thing. How I do that is not clear yet,” he said at his presentation with the MLS side. “I’m going to sit round with people at the club and sort that out.”
Not sure what Chelsea fans will think of their all-time leading goalscorer playing for a title rival, but for NYC FC this is a good deal. It keeps Lampard fit and playing in the toughest league in the world and that will only benefit them and MLS when NYC begins play next season.