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Edging Nearer and Nearer

Edging Nearer and Nearer

Yesterday, Frank Lampard netted the 198th goal of his Chelsea career, he now stands four short of the record currently held by Bobby Tambling.

Rumours continue to circulate that Chelsea may be having second thoughts about letting Frank go at the end of the season, but these are quickly countered by the inference from his agent, Steve Kutner, dismissing such suggestions.

This morning the inference is once again there that Frank may be offered a new deal, but a deal on a reduced salary and based on appearances. The inference is also there that Frank doesn`t want to leave Chelsea and that, bearing in mind what Roy Hodgson said in midweek, he wants to remain in Europe in the hope of being part of the England squad for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

But, you get the distinct impression that somewhere behind the scenes, a decision has been made and that decision, no matter what the consequences, is being stuck to. Following the flattering 4-1 win over Wigan, Rafa Benitez did little to offer any rewarding comments on Frank`s future simply muttering, in typical Rafa style,

"The last two months he`s scored eight or ten goals and I`m really pleased. For me, as manager, Lampard is fit and his understanding of the game is fine."

"If he scores twenty goals and breaks the record, I`ll be really pleased."

Which, to me, signifies that Rafa has no say on the comings and goings and no real influence on the shaping of the squad for next season, now if I were Rafa I`d find this insulting but then again perhaps he`s happy just being the stooge.

However, Frank, we feel, is being messed around and if there is another agenda and Frank, despite what he has to offer, is forced out of the Stamford Bridge gates it`ll be a shameful day in the history of our fine club, a day to match the blackest of the blackest!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday February 10 2013
Time: 10:42AM


We are just a club without class.
10/02/2013 11:01:00
Oh really Rafa? So you rate Lamps now? That's good,Coming from someone who said Frank was 'Over-rated'. Lol. The whole merry-go-round regarding Frank's Contract will continue till the summer...As far as we know,no negotiations have been held and its all paper talk.
10/02/2013 11:17:00
No loyalty, no class, no shame; Chelsea fc under Abramovich
Blue in Colorado
10/02/2013 11:20:00
If he breaks the record this year then I actually would prefer him to leave this summer just so he leaves just like drogba did,a living legend to CFC fans and on a high. I worry that he breaks the record then stays another year then declines even faster than he has been and just fades away into just a aching squad player just kept around to appease the fans! I hope and think he will break the record and leaves with his head heals high and goes and enjoys the last couple of years of his career in LA in the sunshine. He must have had enough of his London weather by now lol
10/02/2013 11:20:00
No, the darkest day was when a player deliberately underperformed to get the manager he does not like sacked. Any club with class, history, honor and principals would have terminated his contract right away or gotten rid of him at the end of last season.
10/02/2013 11:20:00
i dont get why people want lampard to break tamblings record. It seems every other chelsea supporter is of post abromvich era and thinks lampard is bigger legend than zola or tambling just because he won some trophies. Plastic fans. Lampard maybe a great player but he is not a model professional so not a legend.
10/02/2013 11:31:00
media is desperate for 35 years old lampard to sign a contract. As media hates us, it alone tells that it would be foolish to give him a new contract. Suddenly lampard is getting all the headlines even if he scores 4th goal in 4 nill win. Next year will also be a media circus with our club being destablized.
10/02/2013 11:35:00
How is he not a model professional?
10/02/2013 11:40:00
zg seems happy when we got to 6th position.who started all this.lamps and co.will barry or milner do this at city? No coz they no,replacement is in a player using fans to force a position he cant even handle and disreguard defensive duty.look at yestarday how rafa was been directed by a player on subs.its a shame how the vice has affected players.
10/02/2013 12:08:00
zg seems happy when we got to 6th position.who started all this.lamps and co.will barry or milner do this at city? No coz they know,replacement is in a player using fans to force a position he cant even handle and disreguard defensive duty.look at yestarday how rafa was been directed by a player on subs.its a shame how the vice has affected players.
10/02/2013 12:09:00
Oh yea superman?, lampard aint a model professional and is not a player worthy to be called a chelsea legend, his contributions to the club for the past 10 years consistently is a fluke and he is just another overated average player who got lucky.... Sighs*
10/02/2013 12:11:00
I find the criticism of Lampard incredible from all but most absurd from our own fans. He was the heartbeat of the team yesterday and has been from some years. An incredible player and professional! He is easily good enough for another year and should be offered a one year extension on a rolling contract. We need players like him to inspire and guide our next generation. Its a no brainer and unfortunately the people who run the club (not abramovich) have no idea what they are doing - see example of loaning out half our squad then leaving our first team short in several vital areas. Oh and we need to remove the MOTM vote on the right as it is being sabotaged. #TorresOut #RafaOut
10/02/2013 12:22:00
One more thing - look at the clubs who will go in for Lampard should be leave in the summer - Man Utd or example - I think that tells you everything you need to know about what the player can offer us going forward. He was easily MOTM against wigan yesterday and his goal against Brazil was World Class. Look at his scoring stats THIS season when he has been out injured. Need I say more... #SUPERFRANK
10/02/2013 12:37:00
You are wrong @Superman, Lamps is a legend @Chelsea and to football @large. One of the greatest Mids of all time, he deserves that legendary status, I dont know about Tambling but If a midfielder can overtake him as our all time highest goal scorer especially in our most successful era then he deserves it fully. He is one of the reasons we have won so many trophies since Roman took over, he is a quality player that keeps himself fit and is not prone to injury, you should be happy we have a player like him if you are trully a fan and stop calling us plastic fans cos we refuse to recognize Tambling. He deserves your respect and to be called a legend , Tambling or no Tambling.
10/02/2013 12:40:00
Superman - he scored the 3rd goal in a 4-1 win. Or did you not watch the game? Probably a Liverpool fan or something!
10/02/2013 12:57:00
Roman's the big man. The real legend who made CFC with all the great players he brought in. No Roman, no Drogba, no Essien, no Cole, no Carvalho, no Mourinho, therefore, no PL, no CL.
10/02/2013 13:14:00
I wont enter the debate regarding Frank Lampard, not anymore. The man himself will answer all the critics thrown at him on the pitch, as always.
10/02/2013 13:16:00
certain people I just cant bend to argue with...its imposible...and no disrespect just cant happen...its like some folks just dint attend elementary school...the thinking is just waaay too low...huh!!
10/02/2013 13:37:00
"Chelsea executives told Frank in Japan during the Club World Cup, then again reconfirmed with me after the Everton victory, that in no circumstances will he be offered a new contract at the club," said Lampard's agent Steve Kutner, according to Kutner Lampard was told reasons why he won't get a new contract, all of us are oblivious of these 'reasons' known only by Lampard and the Chelsea Board, even though we believe Lamps still got something to offer the team football wise, throwing accusations and derogatory comments in the direction of the Board is wrong in my opinion. I was thinking why would a Paulo Fereira or a Hilario got a contract and extension and Lamps is Labouring to get same? Your guess as good as mine but what I know is there is more to this Lampard contract saga than meets the eye, hopefully someday we shall understand what actually brought this decision, until then I ll reserve my judgment.
10/02/2013 13:41:00
I find it very funny and difficult to comprehend that someone who calls himself a Chelsea supporter will spite lampard at every opportunity and can't simply find anything good in him no matter how well he plays @Superman and mzee9.the greatest moments of this football club,lamps was intergral to him or not,he is chelsea's best of all time to me and a simply remarkable player.
10/02/2013 13:55:00
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