Frank Lampard: Why Are Chelsea Trying to Give Him Away?

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterJanuary 3, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02:  Frank Lampard of Chelsea kicks the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on January 2, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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The latest press on Thursday morning sees Frank Lampard again linked with a move to Internazionale (via The Sun).

The long-standing Chelsea legend now has less than six months on his contract, and, according to him, the two clubs aren't speaking about a new deal.

Per the BBC:

We haven't been talking about a new contract in the last couple of weeks. At the moment nothing has been said and my contract is up in the summer.

We're now inside the final part of his current agreement with the London club, and teams outside of the United Kingdom can legitimately approach him with regard to a transfer in July.

Internazionale have held interest for years since the Jose Mourinho reign, while LA Galaxy and a clutch of Chinese clubs have also been credited with an interest.

After the two-goal performance to beat Everton at Goodison Park over the festive period, Lampard extended the run in which his side are unbeaten with him starting to nine. Unfortunately that ended with a shock defeat to Queens Park Rangers, but he was inches from scoring the potential winner in that game too.

So why exactly is he likely to be packing his bags?

VitalChelsea explained the situation at the start of the season:

Frank and Ashley are still very important to Chelsea, but if they stay it will be on the club's terms.

Didier held out for more than one year last season and was given a take-it-or-leave-it offer.

The owner has made it clear that the same will apply to Frank and Ashley.

Roman Abramovich will only offer a one-year deal to players aged in the region of 30-plus. Everyone else offers more.

The loss of Didier Drogba has hurt the Blues, with fans still reminiscing about all those times the powerful Ivorian forward rescued them three points.

With Lampard playing so well, it's likely they'll be ruing the seemingly inevitable decision to see their English hero depart Stamford Bridge, with over 100 clubs willing to clamber over one and other for his signature.

How can the club justify letting him go for free on these terms when he is still the glue that holds this side together?

Without him Rafa Benitez's side was flailing. Losses to Juventus and West Bromwich Albion and a draw to Fulham saw the club's ambitions faltering, and his return signalled a string of wins.

The management at Chelsea are mad for not realising a player's primary concern—years on the contract. At a time when Bayern Munich weren't challenging for Europe, Franck Ribery was linked with a move away from the German giants.

He signed on the dotted line of a six-year contract, however, and any thoughts of leaving were forgotten. That's a sensible rationale in a profession where a broken leg the next day can end your career.

Lampard is right to do what's best for him, and Chelsea will regret letting him go just as sure as they regret bidding farewell to Drogba.


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