The Blues executive has publicly stated that the club are negotiating terms for the 34-year-old to extend his current deal, which expires at the end of the season

Chelsea are in “ongoing” talks with Frank Lampard over extending his contract according to the club’s chief executive Ron Gourlay.

The 34-year-old midfielder was told he wouldn’t be offered a new deal by the club last year, with his current deal due to run out at the end of this season.

However, the Blues have reportedly approached the England international directly without going through his agent.

“Discussions with Frank Lampard are ongoing. But they must be kept confidential at this stage,” Ron Gourlay revealed to reporters.

Lampard is believed to be desperate to extend his 12-year stay at Stamford Bridge with his sights also set on representing England at World Cup 2014 in Brazil, while he only needs four more goals to eclipse Bobby Tambling’s all-time club record of 202 goals.

Gourlay also commented on the uncertainty surround interim manager Rafa Benitez after a turbulent week for the Spaniard, explaining that the club will review his position once the season is over.

“It was the club’s plan to have Rafa Benitez as the interim manager with the aim of securing a Champions League position at the end of the Premier League season,” he said.

“We’ll assess situation then. We can still win the Europa League and the FA Cup, but make no mistake, our priority lies with a Champions League spot.”