Frank Lampardís future at Chelsea remains a mystery even after brace
Frank Lampard reckons his future at Stamford Bridge is still unclear, although he helped Chelsea score two goals to grab a 2-1 comeback-win over Everton at Goodison Park. The England international, whose contract with Chelsea will end this summer, showed his skills were sharp as ever despite his age.
The 34-year-old attacking midfielder desires to extend his stay at club, but Chelsea are unwilling to keep an aging player in their squad. In recent weeks Frank Lampard has been linked to retirement-clubs from China, Russia, Australia and United States. Chances are Frank Lampard will follow the path chosen by David Beckham and join the MLS.
“Nope, I just hope for me personally playing in a winning team. I will keep trying to give my best as I've always done when here and will continue to do so,” Frank Lampard told Sky Sports. “I know there's a lot of speculation and talk, but for me the enjoyable bit is the 90 minutes.”
Everton drew first blood in the game through a thunderous strike from Steven Pienaar early in the game. Chelsea threw away a number of chances to score before Frank Lampard stepped up to equalize with a brilliant header just before the break. Frank Lampard scored the winner for Chelsea in the middle of the second half following several attempts to put the ball in the back of the net by his teammates.
Frank Lampard admitted Chelsea were finding it tough to score against Everton at the Goodison Park, but his side persevered after a “sloppy start”. The victory allowed Chelsea to pick up three points which takes them just four points away from second-placed Manchester City. Chelsea also has a game in hand.
“It (the effort) was huge, especially after the sloppy start. The lads dug in, we held our own, rode our luck, but I think we made our own luck and I think we deserved to win it for that. To be able to contribute, get the goals, is great, but the team performance deserves most credit,” Frank Lampard added.
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez refused to shed any light on Frank Lampard’s future as well. Rafael Benitez hailed his side for the effort his side put against Everton and praised Frank Lampard for scoring the brace.
“I am really pleased with the team, credit to Frank for the goals,” Rafael Benitez said. “Frank is under contract, doing well, fully committed. My job is to keep him fit.”
Rafael Benitez also refrained from talking about transfer business related to the Newcastle United striker Demba Ba. The 27-year-old Senegal international scored a brace against Arsenal, although his team had to suffer a 7-3 defeat at the Emirates.
“No, because we don't talk about this business,” Rafael Benitez said upon being asked to update about the Demba Ba transfer saga.