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Lampard puts talks on hold
10 Aug 2007 - 07:40:09
Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard says he has put talks over a new contract at Stamford Bridge on hold until next summer to concentrate on the season ahead.
The 29-year-old still has another two years left on his current Blues deal and, although he admits talks have not gone as planned, he is confident that an agreement can be reached to enable him to finish his career with Chelsea.
Lampard told reporters: "I have always expressed my desire to stay at the club. Unfortunately, we have had problems with the negotiations.
"Now the season has started, I have told the club I do not really want to get involved in negotiations which are not going to end well while I am playing football, because this is a big season for me and for the club.
"My intention is to stay. I have got two years left on my contract. I want to stay for the rest of my career. It is as simple as that.
"I hope it gets sorted and that it gets sorted soon, at the end of the season, or the next time we talk. The club know my intentions and it is not a money issue.
"This is going to be my last contract, which will finish my career, so I want to get it right.
"All I want to get clear out there that my intention is to stay. I want to stay and I love the club. Hopefully I will stay for the rest of my career."