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DavidEU

Frank Lampard

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Frank Lampard will return for Chelsea this afternoon in their vital Premier League showdown against Liverpool with his long-term future at Stamford Bridge in fresh doubt.

Leading European clubs are considering exploiting a new FIFA ruling which means the England midfielder can quit Chelsea for just £5 million this summer. And Lampard would be willing to invoke it if his employers do not come up with Chelsea at the moment.

Lampard has been given a huge boost by the recent ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which stipulated that players need to pay only the remainder of their contract if they wish to join another club.

It means that Lampard can control his exit from Chelsea this summer even if the club do wish to sell him.

Barcelona, the club Lampard would most like to join on account of his wife Elen coming from the city, are expected to renew their interest in the England midfielder this summer on the basis of the new ruling.

They have previously ruled out making a move for him on the basis that the asking price of £20m was too expensive but would happily pay the reduced fee.

Current coach Frank Rijkaard is expected to leave the club in the summer and there is a concerted campaign by some of the board at the club to bring in former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, whose first move would be to sign Lampard.

Lampard has already turned down a contract offer from Chelsea and has just one year left on his deal at the end of the season.

Kutner has previously insisted that Lampard would like to stay at Chelsea but clearly it will be dependent on the contract on offer.

Now, as long as he serves notice by May 26, Lampard can leave the club by paying up the value of the year remaining on his contract.

Lampard's best chance of a move to Barcelona would clearly be if Mourinho was appointed. His agent Jorge Mendes spent two days at the club this month, fuelling speculation that a deal would announced shortly.

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Chelsea face battle to keep Lampard as £5m summer exit clause tempts Barcelona

Frank Lampard will return for Chelsea this afternoon in their vital Premier League showdown against dippers with his long-term future at Stamford Bridge in fresh doubt.

Leading European clubs are considering exploiting a new FIFA ruling which means the England midfielder can quit Chelsea for just £5 million this summer. And Lampard would be willing to invoke it if his employers do not come up with Chelsea at the moment.

Lampard has been given a huge boost by the recent ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which stipulated that players need to pay only the remainder of their contract if they wish to join another club.

It means that Lampard can control his exit from Chelsea this summer even if the club do wish to sell him.

Barcelona, the club Lampard would most like to join on account of his wife Elen coming from the city, are expected to renew their interest in the England midfielder this summer on the basis of the new ruling.

They have previously ruled out making a move for him on the basis that the asking price of £20m was too expensive but would happily pay the reduced fee.

Current coach Frank Rijkaard is expected to leave the club in the summer and there is a concerted campaign by some of the board at the club to bring in former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, whose first move would be to sign Lampard.

Lampard has already turned down a contract offer from Chelsea and has just one year left on his deal at the end of the season.

Kutner has previously insisted that Lampard would like to stay at Chelsea but clearly it will be dependent on the contract on offer.

Now, as long as he serves notice by May 26, Lampard can leave the club by paying up the value of the year remaining on his contract.

Lampard's best chance of a move to Barcelona would clearly be if Mourinho was appointed. His agent Jorge Mendes spent two days at the club this month, fuelling speculation that a deal would announced shortly.

However, given the animosity displayed by Mourinho towards the Catalan club during the infamous Champions League ties with Chelsea in 2006, when Mourinho accused Rijkaard of colluding with referee Anders Frisk, there is still significant opposition to his appointment.

Most notably influential former Barca player and manager Johan Cruyff is said to be vehemently against the idea employing the Portuguese.

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If he does go Ballack has more than shown he can step in and be a more than capable replacement.

This was due to come up again anyway, I'm sure it wont be the last time we hear it until something is done one way of the other.

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dont think he will go. i know he is buying a house over in spain but as his wife is spanish why not have 2 homes he can afford it :whistling: he will just use this fifa ruling to get a better contract from Chelsea :readthemessage:

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If he goes to Barcelona i'll die,already one of my favourite players ever left (Gudjohnsen).If Lamps leave it would be a disaster.No one can replace him,Ballack can only whipe his bloody shoes.This won't happen Frank will sign another 5 year contract and stay until the end of his carrer.

Don't leave Frank :(:(

Barcelona :rant::shoot:

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im sick of these rumours, i cant see it happening i just cant probs cos hes my fav player and i would be shattered if he did but still not to barca id prefer juve

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Lampard is not going to leave Chelsea. I am optimistic that his contract issues will be sorted out in the summer. He has been a great servant to the club all these years and it is imperative that we keep players like him at the club who give more than 100% in every game.

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Lampard won't leave. I was just beginning to wonder when they would leave Drogba alone and start making Lampard England's most hated once more.

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Chelsea star Frank Lampard is desperate for a move to Juventus

I reckon this line is competitior for the biggest loada bollocks award

total utter blatent lie!

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Chelsea Football Club are believed to be lining up potential replacements for Frank Lampard.

Talks over the future of the England international have been placed on hold until the end of the season, yet reports continue to grow that the midfielder will be on his way during the summer window.

Barcelona have long been linked with a move for Lampard whilst Juventus, who are coached by Claudio Ranieri who took him to Stamford Bridge, are said to be lining up an £8million move.

Should the former West Ham United star leave the Londoners, it is believed that Avram Grant has targeted a £15million move for Roma star Daniele de Rossi as a replacement.

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De Rossi is a worldclass midfielder but he is a deep-lying defensive player much like Mikel. What's the point when we have the aforementioned, Essien, Makelele, Sidwell and Ivanovic who can play there?

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Chelsea boss Avram Grant insists he wants to keep midfielder Frank Lampard. "We want to keep him and he wants to stay, we've agreed to discuss it (Lampard's contract) in the summer. I do not deal with these things, but I also expressed my opinion," said Grant.

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No real suprise there! Everyone wants Lamps to stay! As far as we are told Frank wants to stay very much. So the only problem is either the money or length of contract on offer...

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