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Lamps concerned over deal

13 Mar 2008 - 19:13:56

Frank Lampard has revealed his frustration at a lack of progress over his new Chelsea contract.

The England midfielder has less than 18 months remaining on his existing deal and has been continually been linked with moves to Spain and Italy.

Negotiations on a new long-term deal were placed on hold earlier in the season and the former West Ham United midfielder is now growing increasingly impatient.

Lampard scored four times in one match for the first time in his career as Chelsea thrashed Derby County 6-1 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

"I've been approached a few times by the club saying they are going to come to me with something and they haven't," he told the London Evening Standard.

"That means they're saying they will have to wait until the summer and I don't really know what that means.

"I said at the beginning of the season I didn't want to talk about my contract because I wanted to concentrate on my football.

"They have made contact but it hasn't been with any news.

"They've been saying that something is going to happen but if we wait until the summer and nothing happens then I've got a year left which is not a position I want to be in.

"I've made it very clear I want to stay here and I want to know what's going on. I love playing for this club, I'm enjoying the greatest days of my career.

"Every time I run out for the club I don't think about the contract but when I am at home I would like it to be sorted out.

"It's dragged on this season and that's not ideal for me."


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