Frank Lampard is of course a Premier League and Chelsea legend. However it is becoming increasingly clear that this will be Lampard’s last season at Stamford Bridge. The 34-year-old is in to the final year of his contract and at the end of January he would be free to discuss a potential pre-contract agreement with another club.
He is still in high demand. Reports have linked several Premier League clubs with his signature while there has also been significant interest from abroad. Clubs in China have expressed their interest but perhaps more concrete demand has come from America. In the States MLS sides New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy have both been mooted as potential destinations. With LA Galaxy losing out on David Beckham the MLS Cup champions will be hoping to replace him with a similar marquee signing to help them sustain their current success.
However it is being reported that Lampard is not keen on leaving the Premier League until the end of the season. Any side in the MLS could obviously wait to sign a designated player in the summer but with their season starting in March they would surely rather pry away any targets in time for suitable off-season training and for the start of the season.
If Lampard is clear on wanting to remain until the end of the season then LA Galaxy may direct their attention elsewhere.
Which leaves him with what options?
Well according to Italian source Corriere Dello Sport Juventus are very keen on signing the England international. The Italian champions took a punt on an apparently ‘washed-up’ player in Andrea Pirlo last summer and he has gone on to rejuvenate his career and resurrect his reputation as one of the finest midfielders in the world.
Pirlo has a year on Lampard in terms of age but Juve would still be prepared to take a punt on a player regardless of age and it would present Lampard with the opportunity to play top level football for at least another season.
Without perpetuating a stereotype Italian football certainly has a slower ebb and flow to the Premier League. While that does not necessarily make it a worse league it certainly makes it a healthier one for players who are, let’s say, in their advancing years.
The likes of Maldini, Costacurta, Inzaghi, Zanetti and Seedorf have all performed well in Serie A well into their 30’s so Lampard could look there for inspiration.
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