Manchester City are ready to up their efforts to keep Frank Lampard at the Etihad Stadium beyond January as Yaya Toure prepares to head to the African Cup of Nations, according to reports from the Manchester Evening News.
The former England midfielder is currently with the Premier League champions on loan after signing for New York City FC following his release from Chelsea over the summer.
The newly former American side will not officially kick off their professional existence until the start of the 2015 MLS season, and with their ownership situation – City part own the Big Apple outfit – he has been with the Sky Blues for the start of the current campaign.
Initially the deal was expected to be a short-team one – with a January 1st end date – but the 36-year-old has impressed Manuel Pellegrini, who now wants him to stay longer as cover for Toure.
The burly Ivorian could miss almost a month of action to represent his home nation at the AFCON – which starts mid January and officially ends February 8 – and the Chilean boss wants cover for his man.
The American season does not kick off until mid-March, which could allow ‘Lamps’ to miss NYCFC’s pre-season and stay fit while playing for Man City.