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Frank Lampard could be set for A-League move

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Frank Lampard has been linked with a move to the A-League where he could be set to join Melbourne City, the club owned by City Football Group.

Lampard has previously played for Manchester City and more recently New York City, two clubs who share the same owners at Melbourne City so a transfer to the Australian side would not be a difficult transition to make.

At the age of 38, Lampard has yet to commit on his future, however, the former England international is unlikely to be able to sign for a major club in Europe given he is at the back end of his career.

Lampard played in the MLS for two seasons. He joined the New York club in 2015 where he made 10 appearances, scoring three goals. This year he has an even better campaign with 12 goals in his 20 starts in the campaign. New York City were eliminated in the Conference semi-finals by Toronto FC as they went down to the Canadian side 7-0 over two legs.

It was with Chelsea that Lampard really established himself as one of the greatest midfielders in Premier League history. He made 648 appearances for the club. He was voted Chelsea Player of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2009, while he ended his spell with the Blues as their all-time leading goalscorer, beating the previous record set by Bobby Tambling.

Melbourne City have made a strong start to their A-League campaign. They currently lie second in the standings after eight games, four points behind leaders Sydney FC. City can be backed at odds of 4/1 to win the A-League, they just have Sydney ahead of them in the outright market at 3/1. The signing of one of the biggest names in world football would come as a huge boost for the club.

The opposition for Lampard’s signature could come from the MLS as other clubs in the league are also thought to be interested in signing the Englishman on a short-term deal. LA Galaxy, who recently released Lampard’s former England central midfield partner Steven Gerrard, are one of those clubs in the running, while DC United are another franchise who have been linked with the player.

Another option for Lampard could be for him to join Gerrard and retire from playing the sport. He could then look at coaching opportunities which may include his former club Chelsea, working under manager Antonio Conte who has made an excellent start to his career at Stamford Bridge where his side sit top of the Premier League table.

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Lampard may also fancy the chance to become a manager himself. Gerrard turned down the opportunity to manage MK Dons in League One and there is likely to be a number of offers on the table for the former Chelsea star down the lower leagues too.

Given Lampard has been in no rush to announce his future, it does looks like the Englishman is considering all his options, including the chance to end his career in Australia and add another league to his CV before he decides to hang up his boots.

Photo credit: Ben Sutherland, NazionaleCalcio

 

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