31st of December 2012 Author: Glo Wood
Chelsea's Frank Lampard says there is no sign of a contract extension at Stamford Bridge despite his excellent form. The 34-year-old England international, whose current deal expires in the summer, is free to agree pre-contract terms with a foreign club in January.
"We haven't been talking about a new contract in the last couple of weeks," Lampard said after scoring both Chelsea goals in Sunday's 2-1 win over Everton. "At the moment nothing has been said and my contract is up in the summer."
Lampard's double in the Blues' win at Goodison Park means he is just one goal short of second-placed Kerry Dixon's 193 goals in the club's all-time goal-scoring standings. Bobby Tambling's holds the club record of 202 goals. Frank Lampard has scored on each of his last three Premier League starts.
"I'm enjoying playing, I'm working hard in training, I'm loving being part of the team," Lampard says. "That is all I can tell you for the minute and that is enough for me I am happy with that - to keep playing well and to contribute to days like today."
Chelsea are unbeaten in all 11 Premier League matches that Frank Lampard has appeared in this season, winning 10. Manager Rafael Benitez, who took charge in late November after the dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo, was unable to guarantee that a new deal would be forthcoming for Lampard.
"My job is to keep Lampard fit. He is a good player. He is under contract, fully committed and working hard and that is the way. We cannot say too much about this," Benitez said. The Spaniard, who said in November that he thought both Lampard and left-back Ashley Cole would depart at the end of the season, indicated that he would not have the final decision over which players join or leave his squad in January. "My job is to win games, coach the players properly, and keep my opinion if I have to give my opinion," he added. "The key part is to improve the players on the pitch."
Chelsea are priced at 15/2 to win the Premier League this season at Bet365, with Manchester United as favourites at 4/11.
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