Go back to July 8th and The Metro had a report that was headlined ‘’Frank Lampard: I’m not joining David Beckham at LA Galaxy’’. The end of that argument then, perhaps not because what the story actually entailed was a few tell-tale signs that Lamps may one day join Becks at the MLS side.
‘There's nothing in that at all. I'm here in Los Angeles on holiday with Christine [Bleakley]. We got engaged here last year and we love it over here.’
Clearly not the words of somebody who would never consider a move Stateside and with his contract dwindling toward its end and finally being able to say he has achieved everything with his Chelsea side after winning the Champions League last season it seems this summer may finally see the departure of Frank Lampard from our shores.
He has been linked with moves before, in particular Inter Milan while Jose Mourinho was at the helm but now once again rumours of an imminent departure seem to have gained significant momentum after his agent Steve Kutner was spotted in the crowd for the Galaxy’s game with Toronto this weekend. No smoke without fire hey?
There are significant stumbling blocks however in such a deal with the two major ones being the designated player rule and of course the continued England career of Lampard.
The second option may be simple, he could retire from international duty, stepping aside for the younger generation to fully flourish as England try to reignite a national team still burning the flickeringly disappointing embers of our ‘golden generation’. If not then David Beckham proved you can do both, he played for England and LA Galaxy under Fabio Capello and Frank Lampard may consider that a positive case study.
On the other hand is the designated player status that Lampard would invariably carry; a quota currently full to the maximum three players at the California club with Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan joining Beckham on that list.
However there is a growing belief that Donovan fancies a permanent crack at the Premier League with Everton keen to bring him in next season while if the opportunity arose to sign Frank Lampard many a pundit believes Robbie Keane would be traded to a rival MLS franchise in order to make room for the goalscoring midfielder.
LA Galaxy know how good a brad David Beckham is at the club but what could make it better would be the all-English brand of ‘Becks & Lamps’ at The Home Depot Center.
What do you think should Lampard move to LA Galaxy?
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