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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini wants to
retain the services of on-loan midfielder Frank
Lampard and hopes for a quick decision on his
future.
Lampard, 36, is currently on loan from City’s sister
club New York City until the end of December.
Pellegrini said: “I think Frank is a very important
player for us and I hope we will not have any
problems for him to stay here.
“I hope we can have a decision as soon as
possible.”
Lampard, 36, who joined New York after being
released by Chelsea at the end of last season, is
due to start pre-season training with his new club
ahead of their first season in Major League Soccer,
which begins on March.
But with City midfielder and Cote d’Ivoire
international Yaya Toure set to miss a number of
games from early January due his involvement in
the Africa Cup of Nations, City are keen to extend
Lampard’s stay at the Etihad Stadium until the end
of the season.
Pellegrini added: “He has a loan just until the end of
December and there is another club involved. The
MLS is involved also.
“There are a lot of parties with an arrangement. It’s
not just depending on one opinion.
“If he can finish the year here, better – but I think
that the MLS is a very important league also and I
think that Frank Lampard will be very happy in the
United States.”
Former England international Lampard has so far
made 13 appearances for City, starting four games
and scoring five goals, reports the BBC.

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