Wednesday 29 January 2020

Lampard set to join Manchester City on loan ahead of Major League

Frank Lampard will join Manchester City on loan before he plays his first game for New York City FC in the MLS. Photo: AP Photo/Craig Ruttle
Frank Lampard will join Manchester City on loan before he plays his first game for New York City FC in the MLS. Photo: AP Photo/Craig Ruttle

Jamie Holland

Frank Lampard will join up with Manchester City next week as he begins a loan spell with the Premier League champions.

Although the club have not yet officially announced the deal, City manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that the midfielder, who signed for City's sister outfit New York City FC this summer to end 13 years at Chelsea, will join up with his team on Wednesday.

With the 2015 Major League Soccer season not starting until the spring, there was speculation that Lampard would head to Melbourne City, the third club owned by the City Football Group, on a short-term deal.

However, following the friendly against Olympiakos in Minneapolis, Pellegrini confirmed the 36-year-old will move to the Etihad until the new year before the next American season begins in March.

Pellegrini said: "As you know, Frank has signed a contract with New York City and will start working here (the US) in January as the season starts in March.

"From next Wednesday he will start working with our team and will play for us until then. At the moment he will work with the squad and be a member of the squad. He will fight for a position.

"He knows we have a very good team, we have a lot of players in his position. He is one player more. We have a lot of games particularly with the Champions League – so he's very important for our team."

The move raises the prospect of Lampard facing Chelsea in a Premier League game on September 21.

Pellegrini suggested he would be open to the possibility of Lampard sitting out that match, although there was no guarantees.

"I will talk about those things with him but he is a player for City, he will play every game that he needs to play," he added.

Real sign Costa Rica hero Navas for €10m

Real Madrid have signed Costa Rica World Cup hero Keylor Navas from Levante for a reported fee of €10m.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper, who has signed a six-year contract, was a star performer as Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals in Brazil.

The deal could have ramifications for both Diego Lopez and Iker Casillas. Lopez was Real's first-choice goalkeeper in La Liga last season, while club captain Casillas started every game in the Champions League and Copa del Rey.

Casillas, who conceded seven goals in Spain's defeats to Holland and Chile in the World Cup, has been linked with a move to Napoli.

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