Chelsea legend Frank Lampard could be set for an emotional return to Stamford Bridge in the second half of the season, after it emerged that Manchester City could extend his loan and keep him until February 2015, as reported by the Daily Express.
This would see him face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on January 31st.
Lampard has already had an impact against the club where he spent a significant segment of his career, scoring for City against them this weekend.
His equalizer took two points away from Chelsea, who, until that point, had put together a typical Jose Mourinho defensive masterclass.
The sending off of Pablo Zabaleta was a signal for the Stamford Bridge club to start attacking, and their pressure paid off with a sensational swooping counter attack, with Andre Schurrle bagging at the end of it.
However, Lampard latched on to an assist from James Milner to bag, earning his side a draw.
It has now emerged that Manuel Pellegrini is refusing to rule out an extension to Lampard’s loan, which would see him face Chelsea.
He said: “I can’t answer about that in this moment. Frank will stay until January because until January he doesn’t have anything to do in the United States because they are not working.
“In January, we will see what happens here and make a decision. It is not a problem in this moment.”
Having seen his team concede an equaliser against Manchester City on Sunday in the Premier League, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that the love affair between his club and Frank Lampard is now over, as reported by the Daily Star.
Lampard faced off against Chelsea for the first time since 2001, having played for the Blues for over ten years. His spell at the Stamford Bridge club has encompassed a great amount of success, and has included the time since Roman Abramovich bought the club, who has brought with him significant investment.
However, Mourinho has now suggested that the love story between the club and player is now over, with Lampard having moved to a direct rival of Chelsea’s by joining City.
He said: “Frank Lampard is a Man City player, I don’t believe in stories of passion and heart, maybe I am too pragmatic in football.
“When he decided to go to a direct competitor to Chelsea then love stories are over. He did his job as a professional.
“He got a good reception and this is England and this is Chelsea. Chelsea people never forget what Chelsea people do at the club.
“It happened to me when I was manager of Inter. It is Chelsea’s culture and beauty.”
His move to City comes as a result of him signing for New York City FC this summer, who are Man City’s sister club. With New York not playing any fixtures until next calendar year, Lampard has moved back to the Premier League to join a rival of Chelsea’s.