Frank Lampard could be set for an emotional return to Stamford Bridge after Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini revealed that the veteran midfielder’s loan deal could be extended by another month. Meanwhile, City sources told the Daily Mail they are working on an extension that would see the former Chelsea star remain at the Etihad until February. City travels to Stamford Bridge Jan. 31.
Lampard, 36, was set to move to new MLS club New York City FC in January, but according to Pellegrini, it would be beneficial to both City and NYCFC if the 36-year-old remained with the Premier League champion for longer. “Frank will stay until January because until January he doesn’t have anything to do in the United States because they are not working,” Pellegrini said. “In January, we will see what happens here and make a decision [about the loan extension]. It is not a problem in this moment.”
Separately, Pellegrini insisted that he did not mean to criticize Chelsea by saying that Jose Mourinho’s men played like a “small club” following Sunday’s 1-1 draw at the Etihad. “I said that we played like a big team against a small team with very good players because all of them can defend,” the Chilean said. “They can play how they want to. I am not criticizing the way they play. Every team can play the way that thinks it is the best way to do it.”
He added that he was not concerned about his team’s form even after four consecutive games without a win. “No, because I think we are not playing bad,” he said. “Especially in the games against Arsenal [a 2-2 draw] and Chelsea we played really well. ... For the moment no but it is important for us to start adding three points in every game.”