The Insider: Lampard to return to Manchester City next year?
The Premier League champions are confident of keeping the former Chelsea man until March, and are keen to bring him back to the Etihad Stadium this time next year
MANCHESTER CITY HOPEFUL OVER LAMPARD DEAL
Manchester City are confident Frank Lampard will remain with the club beyond January, and are hopeful that won’t be the last they see of him.
The Premier League champions are working with sister club New York City on a deal that will see the former Chelsea stalwart extend his current deal until March.
Ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match against Southampton Manuel Pellegrini confirmed: “We are going to talk to all the parties and make a decision in December,” Pellegrini said. “If all parties agree then maybe we can keep him, but it could be that we want to keep him and Frank wants to go.”
Lampard, 36, has impressed the Chilean with his professionalism and dedication to the cause. The evergreen midfielder has played 10 times in all competitions this season and scored four goals, including a memorable equaliser against his former employers.
City are keen to keep Lampard until early March with Yaya Toure due to represent Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.
And the club have been so impressed with Lampard’s all-round contribution that they are keen to bring him back to the Etihad Stadium this time next year when the MLS season shuts down.
Manchester United will request a progress report from Leicester as concern over the development of Nick Powell increases.
The England Under-21 international enjoyed a productive loan spell at Wigan in the Championship last season but has so far failed to make an impact for Premier League newcomers Leicester.
Powell, who was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in his final season at Old Trafford from Crewe, has made only two substitute appearances for Nigel Pearson’s strugglers and was earlier this month urged to remain patient by Leicester assistant manager Craig Shakespeare.
United, however, are concerned about Powell’s lack of playing time and will discuss the possibility of cutting short the 20-year-old’s spell at the King Power Stadium and sending the talented forward out on loan elsewhere.
James McCarthy is ready to assess his options in January should Everton refuse to offer him an improved contract.
The Republic of Ireland international is understood to have been promised fresh terms after impressing last season in his debut campaign at Goodison Park.
The Merseyside club have, as yet, failed to indicate they are prepared to offer the 24-year-old fresh terms and such news is likely to prick the interest of Arsenal as well as long-term admirers Manchester United.
Arsene Wenger is understood to be a fan of the former Wigan midfielder and is on the lookout for January reinforcements, particularly in midfield with Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere both having succumbed to serious injuries this week.
McCarthy, himself, is currently struggling with his own hamstring injury which Roberto Martinez described earlier this week as “serious”.
– By Graeme Bailey