Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is out of contract at the end of the season and is frustrated that team policy means that Chelsea are only offering him a one year deal. One group that is willing to offer Lampard a multi-year contract is Major League Soccer according to MLS commissioner Don Garber.
‘Frank Lampard’s a great player. He has a great history with the sport.
‘If he decides he wants to play in Major League Soccer, I’m sure any club would be happy to have him on their roster.’
As to where Lampard would land in MLS, Garber went on to say:
“Frank would probably fall in the ‘Designated Player’ category,”
‘That’s a discussion that starts with ownership at the local level, and the league certainly would be involved at some point.
‘But a local team owner would have to decide that they would want him on their team.’
It is pretty clear that the one club that wants Lampard is the LA Galaxy where Lamps would partner David Beckham in the Galaxy midfield.
Lampard would be a star in MLS. Off the field he is articulate and is comfortable dealing with the press. On the pitch, he has captain of England last month, so he can still play at the top level.
The challenge for the Galaxy is how do they fit Lampard in with Beckham, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan already taking up ‘Designated Player’ slots?