Frank Lampard has finally signed a Major League Soccer contract to play for New York City FC after months of misleading information from the club as well as its sister club Manchester City, which are both part of the Abu Dhabi holding company, City Football Group, the AP reported on Monday, claiming that Lampard had originally signed a commitment to play for NYCFC, rather than a contract.
Last July, NYCFC said Lampard had signed a two-year contract to start playing for the club in August 2014. Within two weeks, Manchester City said it signed a short-term “loan” agreement with the former Chelsea player, who had originally said he would never play for another Premier League club. Then, after the player’s stay with City was extended until June on Dec. 31, it emerged that Lampard hadn’t signed a contract with the MLS club, but rather had made a “commitment” to play for it in 2015, and that the July announcement was an “error.” More than five months after the initial announcement, MLS said on Saturday: “Frank Lampard has signed a contract for NYCFC.”
Meanwhile, the UK’s Daily Mail says City’s “reputation at home and abroad is in tatters” over the “trail of misinformation and confusion,” regarding Lampard’s move to NYCFC.