The Manchester City boss was pleased with his midfielder’s contribution against Southampton but says he won’t be hurried into extending the veteran’s contract


Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini saluted Frank Lampard’s telling contribution during the 3-0 win at Southampton but insists he won’t rush to secure the midfielder’s future.

The former Chelsea talisman was introduced midway through the second half as City led 1-0 and, in trademark fashion, scored from range to double his side’s lead at St. Mary’s.

However, the City chief insists that he will wait until December before speaking with the player on extending his loan deal from New York City FC, whom Lampard agreed to join after parting company with Chelsea last summer.

He said: “Frank is an important player – he plays the last 25 minutes and then he scores.

“I trust in him and Milner to make a difference when they come on. He cannot play 90 minutes in every game but he knows what he is doing – he always makes the difference.

“We will wait until December to make a decision on what happens with Frank’s contract.

“Frank is not only a top player but a great professional. He is very happy in the team and how we play. It allows him 25-30 minutes to make an impact and we are very happy with him.

“Players have longer careers than some years ago and important players know how to do that – they could have two or three more years at a top pace but they have to decide the best way to carry on.”

Lampard admitted his pride over reports that the Citizens could extend his deal, but insists that he has yet to formally discuss any plans with the club.

“I haven’t spoken to them on that front at all, so I don’t know and I’m not looking that far ahead,” he said.

“It’s nice that they are saying that, it’s much better than them saying they can’t wait for me to go, but we’ll see what happens.”