Manchester City has been boosted with former Chelsea star Frank Lampard agreeing to extend his loan deal until February as he awaits his new MLS season with New York City FC to begin, Mirror reports.
The decision for the 36-year-old to remain at the Etihad will ease the pressure off Manuel Pellegrini as he will lose star midfielder Yaya Toure when he leaves for the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.
With Toure set to miss up to five weeks of actions next month, Pellegrini reassured that Lampard has an important part to play in his team’s bid to catch up to his former club.
“It’s not so easy because Frank is a New York City player. He is only on loan until December 31, so we must respect the other people.
“I repeat that Frank is very important for our team so I hope he will stay here. The reason [for the delay in a final decision on his future] is not important – the important thing is that he stays here.
“Yes, I am confident he’ll stay, but I can’t say 100 per cent because it doesn’t depend just on me.”