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Grant cools Lamps reports

01 Nov 2007 - 08:21:38

Chelsea manager Avram Grant played down talk of England star Frank Lampard leaving the club, after the midfielder netted a hat-trick in the 4-3 Carling Cup win over Leicester City.

Lampard's current deal runs out at the end of next season, with talks over a fresh contract having stalled in recent weeks.

However, Grant said after the thrilling win over the Foxes: "Frank is very important for the team. He likes to do things to a high level that is his target and our target.

"I am not involved in the money situation. They are negotiating and at the end of the day they will find a solution. Frank wants to stay at Chelsea and Chelsea wants Frank.

"Frank says it all the time. It is only negotiating, it is not a football matter."

Of his side's victory, which was only clinched in the final minute at Stamford Bridge, Grant added: "It was a good game.

"We enjoyed the winning and scoring four goals, but we didn't like what happened in the game because we conceded three goals.

"We played positive football and in the last ten minutes the players showed they have a big heart and good character and I like that. Sometimes it is more important than other things."


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