Pellegrini confirms Frank Lampard will join Man City
Published 02/08/2014 | 23:48
Frank Lampard will join Manchester City on loan from New York City FC, manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed.
The move had been mooted for 48 hours previously with reports suggesting that Lampard would be unwilling to face his former club in the clash on September 21.
And when asked about that, Pellegrini suggested he would be open to the possibility of Lampard missing out against the Blues, although there was no guarantee he would not feature.
"I will talk about those things with him but he is a player for Manchester City, he will play every game that he needs to play," he added.
Lampard was unveiled in New York on July 24 and admitted he was eager to keep himself fit ahead of his American adventure.
"I'm going to keep fit, that's the main thing. How I do that is not clear yet," he said at his presentation with the MLS side.
"I'm going to sit round with people at the club and sort that out."
Lampard began his career at West Ham but moved to Stamford Bridge in 2001, making 649 appearances and becoming the Blues' all-time top scorer with 211 goals.
A spell in the Premier League could also help Lampard extend his England career, which has so far seen him win 106 caps, scoring 29 goals.
In tonight's match, Dimitrios Diamantakos scored twice in regulation and Roberto Jimenez Gago made two saves in a shootout to help Olympiakos beat City 5-4 on penalties following a 2-2 draw.
Aleksander Kolarov put the Premier League champions 2-1 up in the 53rd minute with a penalty after David Silva was tripped in the Olympiakos box.
But Diamantakos levelled it in the 65th minute when he picked up a pass at the top of the box, made a move to get past goalkeeper Joe Hart and blasted it into the open net
City had opened the scoring with Stevan Jovetic's goal in the 35th minute. Jovetic took a pass from Samir Nasri, dribbled past one defender, then split two others with a right-footed shot that beat a flat-footed Jimenez Gago.