Di Matteo wants Lampard stay

Even though Chelsea have experienced a hugely busy summer in the transfer market, many Blues supporters have still issued concerns over veteran midfielder Frank Lampard. Despite being one of the club’s best performers over the years, Lampard has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge with just twelve months remaining on his current deal.

However, manager Roberto Di Matteo remains defiant over the situation, telling the press that talks are ongoing and he is hopeful of keeping the England international at the club beyond next year.

It was only last week that the 34-year-old revealed that talks over a new deal had stalled, with the club yet to come back to him about an extension. The player admitted that Chelsea had spoken to him about his situation last season, but claimed that he was starting to get slightly worried with no offer yet on the table.

Fortunately, it looks as though his manager is at least looking to push through a deal. When asked if he would like Lampard to remain at Stamford Bridge, Di Matteo said, “I am, yes. These are talks between the club and the player. I’ve been very happy with Frank and he shows his qualities that he has in every game that he plays, so a very influential player within the group as well.”

Nevertheless, while speculation continues to rumble on, Lampard is continuing to perform for both club and country. It was only Wednesday that he was selected for England for the 91st time, while he showed just why Chelsea rely on him so much following his goal in the club’s 2-0 victory over Wigan on Sunday. Bearing this in mind, his advancing years don’t appear to be too much of a problem and hopefully the club can resolve the situation sooner rather than later.