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Lampard 'playing like he's a teenager again'

Frank Lampard (pictured) is "still playing like he's 18 years old" and driving Manchester City's title race with former club Chelsea, according to Pablo Zabaleta.

Full-back Zabaleta hailed Lampard's growing influence as the City hierarchy consider whether to seek an extension to the 36-year-old's Etihad Stadium loan deal.

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Lampard fired his 174th Premier League goal in City's 3-0 victory at Southampton on Sunday. He is scheduled to join New York City FC in January after leaving Chelsea last summer, but Manchester City remain keen to extend his stay in the north west.

"What makes Frank Lampard special is how professional he is in training: this is what I appreciate from him," said Zabaleta. "He won everything with Chelsea, he's a legend and he's still playing like he's 18 years old."

Manuel Pellegrini's side face Sunderland on Wearside tomorrow.