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Lamps confident of new deal
22 May 2008 - 11:43:06
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is confident of resolving his long-running contract saga and signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking after Wednesday's dramatic Champions League Final defeat to Manchester United on penalties, the England international revealed he was close to sitting down with Blues officials in an attempt to thrash out a new deal.
Lampard will open talks after returning from England's two friendly internationals against USA and Trinidad & Tobago in the next two weeks.
The 29-year-old former West Ham midfielder has just 12 months remaining on his existing contract and was linked with a summer move to Internazionale in the build-up to the Moscow final.
"I have got to talk to the club," revealed Lampard, who lost his mother following a short illness in April.
"My contract has obviously been the last thing on my mind in the last six weeks, but I will sit down and talk with them after the England games.
"I hope we can come to a conclusion. I am pretty confident we can. I have said that many times before."