Lampard set for shock short-term move to Manchester City

Chelsea legend to join Premier League champions before MLS begins

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is to join Manchester City on loan. Photograph: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is to join Manchester City on loan. Photograph: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times


Frank Lampard is set to sign a short-term deal with Manchester City. The former Chelsea midfielder has agreed to join City’s Major League Soccer team, New York City, but they will not begin playing until March.

Lampard rejected the chance to play in Melbourne at City’s other new venture and although Queens Park Rangers appeared to be leading the chase for his signature, the 36-year-old favours a spell with Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

The shock move will enable Lampard to keep fit and, providing there are no last-minute hitches, City will register him for their Premier League and Champions League squads.

It is a move which is believed to suit both parties with City keen to boost their quota of English players in a squad packed full of foreign imports while Lampard, who has yet to announce his international retirement, will remain in the England manager Roy Hodgson’s gaze.

Pellegrini’s side are in Minneapolis for Saturday’s International Champions Cup game with Olympiakos and, even if they reach Monday’s final in Miami, will return to England on Tuesday.

They hope to have Lampard training with them before Sunday’s Community Shield match against Arsenal.

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