Found March 05, 2013 on Fox Soccer:
PLAYERS: Frank Lampard
Chelsea have denied reports that they are in discussions with England midfielder Frank Lampard over a new contract. Lampard is currently set to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer when his current deal expires. Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay was, however, quoted on Tuesday as saying that talks had begun with the 34-year-old midfielder. Chelsea quickly refuted the reports, adding that any talks with their players "remain confidential". Chelsea moved to clarify comments made by Gourlay - who did speak to the media in Bangkok as part of an ongoing trip to promote the club's pre-season trip to Asia - on their website Tuesday afternoon. "I am not prepared to discuss this (Lampard's future) at this time," Gourlay said. "Obviously conversations must remain confidential between the club and the players at all times so that is as much as I can say." Lampard's exit from Chelsea, after 12 years of service, continues to draw nearer despite calls from the club's fans for him to stay. The England international's agent Steve Kutner claimed in January that the club had told him, and Lampard, that he would "not be offered a contract under any circumstances". Despite that Lampard has remained a key part of the Blues' first team this season. The midfielder has scored 13 goals in all competitions this season, despite playing a more withdrawn role, and is just one away from becoming only the second Chelsea player to score 200 for the club. Lampard is also three goals shy of the club record held by Bobby Tambling. At present Lampard is free to talk with other clubs about a move, with Major League Soccer side the Los Angeles Galaxy previously linked, although no offers have been made public.

Blues sidestep Lampard questions

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has refused to be drawn on Frank Lampard's future at the club. Lampard's Chelsea contract runs out at the end of the season when he would be free to leave Stamford Bridge after 12 years. It was reported in some outlets on Tuesday that Gourlay had suggested talks with the 34-year-old midfielder had begun over a new deal, but the club quickly...

Lampard holds talks with Chelsea

Chelsea have confirmed they are in talks with England international Frank Lampard about an extension to his deal. The 34-year-old midfielder's current deal runs out at the end of the season, and until recently there appeared little prospect of a new one. But Lampard's form has forced Chelsea to rethink, and chief executive Ron Gourlay said: "Discussions are ongoing...

Chelsea still not interested in keeping Frank Lampard

Chelsea still not interested in keeping Frank Lampard - originally posted on Soccerlens.comChelsea midfielder Frank Lampard’s future with the club is still in the dark after club chief executive Ron Gourlay denied reports that the Blues are in talks with the midfielder over a new contract. Chelsea denies being in talks with Frank Lampard The 34-year-old midfielder, who spent 12...
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