Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Lampard wants $270,000 a week for five years
by Joe Addison, July 10th, 2008 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[TRANSFER TALK]England national team player Frank Lampard is stuck in a tug-of-war between Inter Milan and Chelsea. The 30-year-old midfielder has one year left on his Chelsea contract, but Chelsea rejected a $16 million bid from Inter Milan for Lampard. New boss Jose Mourinho, who left Chelsea by mutual consent in September of last year, is hoping to be reunited with Lampard, whom he once called "the best player in the world."

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has said that the club has no interest in parting ways with Lampard. "With respect to Inter Milan. The day before yesterday they sent us a letter asking if we would talk to them about Frank Lampard. We responded and said 'No.' Yesterday they sent a letter with a cash offer for Frank Lampard and again we responded. We are not interested."

Reports indicate that Lampard would like to stay with Chelsea. The prolific midfielder had a chance to talk with new boss Luiz Felipe Scolari for the first time earlier this week. The conversation left the Brazilian coach pleased.

"I like him much as a player and as a person and I ask him if he wants to stay at Chelsea, not only for this season but for more time," said Scolari, who also added that he intends to keep Lampard in his role as vice-captain to John Terry. "After 15 minutes, he said to me he wants to stay and play for Chelsea for many years. I think Chelsea needs Lampard. I think Lampard is with us more time than one year."

The uncertainty over Lampard's future lies within his contract demands. Lampard, who has 61 caps and 14 goals with the English national team, wants a five-year contract guaranteeing $270,000 a week. Chelsea is only prepared to offer him that salary for four years. Lampard's agent said the matter remains "completely unresolved."

The Lampard transfer saga is yet another summer challenge for Scolari. The manager, who led Brazil to the 2002 World Cup title, must deal with a first-team squad that has too many players. Scolari told the media, "I have 32 players but now is the time to change the players. They know this because I said this in front of them, '23, 24 or maximum 25 [will] stay with me.'"

Portuguese internationals Deco and Bosingwa, players whom Scolari coached at Euro 2008, have joined the first team, while Steve Sidwellis leaving the club for Aston Villa.

Other players rumored to be following him to the exit are Claudio Pizarro, Florent Malouda, Juliano Belletti, Tal Ben-Haim and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. Abroad: Americans battle for top spot in Mexico    
NWSL: Hope Solo granted 'personal leave'    
The Hope Solo saga took another turn on Saturday as her NWSL team, Seattle Reign FC, ...
MLS Week 25: Results & Standings    
Montreal ended Toronto FC's seven-game unbeaten streak (six wins and a tie) when Ignacio Piatti's goal ...
Video Pick: Wood strikes in Bundesliga debut    
It took 23-year-old American Bobby Wood, who scored 17 second division goals for Union Berlin last ...
U.S. Abroad: Johansson returns in crushing Bremen defeat    
Aron Johannsson returned to action in the Bundesliga for the first time in 11 months, starting ...
USA names roster for U-17 Women's World Cup    
Coach B.J. Snow has named the USA's 21-player roster for the 2016 U-17 Women's World Cup ...
MLS Countdown: Vanney gives TFC reminder    
Toronto FC waited through many seasons and head coaches before finally reaching the playoffs last year. ...
Bundesliga 2016-17: Half the teams have a U.S. player    
From age 17 to 28, from newly promoted RB Leipzig to four-time defending champion Bayern Munich, ...
WCQ Callups: USA battles injuries and suspensions    
The roster for the U.S. national team's World Cup 2018 qualifiers against St. Vincent & the ...
NWSL: Olympians back in fold, mostly    
Off for 26 days because of the Olympics -- except for one make-up game -- the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives