The 36-year-old former Chelsea midfielder has spent the first half of 2014/15 on loan at the Etihad Stadium from the North American side, whom he joined over the summer following his Stamford Bridge exit.
With the ‘Big Apple’ outfit not due to kick a ball in professional action until the spring and the fact they’re part owned by City, ‘Lamps’ switched back to England on loan to maintain his fitness.
However, the ageing former England man has played a key role for Manuel Pellegrini in both league and European action, prompting the Sky Blues to extend his stay – which was due to end last night.
Lampard is one of NYCFC’s Designated Players – a star on a lucrative contract outside of the MLS’s salary cap – and is widely seen as the marquee man for the newly formed outfit.
Although there have been suggestions that they have grown frustrated with City’s insistence on keeping their man, Claudio Reyna – the team’s director of football – is says that the midfielder will play a big role for his new side:
“Frank is a star and it is no surprise Manchester City is rewarded by his contributions on the field every single day.
“He is eager to get to New York once his commitment ends in England and will be available to play on arrival as a permanent member of the squad, given he will come to us having played at the highest level.”