Man City boss expecting midfielder decision before January

Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that he’s expecting a decision to be made on Frank Lampard’s Manchester City future in the coming few days.

The Chelsea hero joined newly-formed American side New York City FC over the summer after being released by the Blues.

However, with the Big Apple outfit not due to kick a ball in competitive action until spring, their ownership status – Man City and the New York Yankees part run the club – allowed ‘Lamps’ to return to England on a short-term loan deal – which is due to expire next month.

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The move was, at first, concluded with a view to keeping the 36-year-old fit for NYCFC, yet Pellegrini has turned to the veteran on a number of occasions, and has been impressed by his showings.

This has led to talk that he could stay until the end of the season before jetting off to represent New York City FC, and the Sky Blues’ chief says that he is expecting the issue to be clarified imminently:

“I hope Frank’s situation will be resolved in the next days.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.

“I said in the beginning it will be during December we are going to have the last decision. I repeat Frank is very important for our team so I hope he will stay here.”

There have been suggestions that NYCFC may be growing frustrated with Lampard’s spell at City, with the club having invested heavily to land him after his release from Chelsea.

But, Pellegrini does not think there are any problems:

“I don’t think so (NYC get upset). That is why we have long conversations with all of them. That is just one club, so I think that what is better for the club is better for all the clubs.”