Frank Lampard this week admitted that he is eager to extend his Manchester City loan for as long as possible ahead of his permanent move to New York City FC, which officially begins play in January. While rumors of an extended loan surfaced last month, both Lampard and a team source tell the New York Daily News that nothing has been discussed and such speculation is premature.
"The temptation is to not get ahead of myself in my career," Lampard said. "I am here until January 1 (when the loan expires), basically, so I will focus on that and see what happens then. There has been a lot said about when the season starts, but the only thing that can decide my future is how well I am playing. They will be kicking me out in January if I don't play very well. I am just looking game to game and trying to play as well as I can."
The former Chelsea midfielder, who has scored four goals in five appearances for City, added: "I have scored a few goals and I hope they can see my desire. I haven't come here just to train and make up numbers in the squad. People might have thought that was the case but it's not. I want to perform — I have always done it throughout my career, and if people see that I am giving my all the fans will get behind me."
NYCFC, which has just six players on its roster until the MLS expansion draft on Dec. 10, has three Designated Players slots that will be filled by Lampard, former Spain striker David Villa, and according to Coach Jason Kreis, a U.S. national team player. Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore is thought to be one candidate.