Lampard refuses to commit to Chelsea despite double against Everton
16:21 GMT, 30 December 2012
Frank Lampard may be on his way out of Chelsea but after Sunday’s performance away to Everton, he will leave in a blaze of glory.
The England midfielder, who scored twice to end Everton’s record of being unbeaten at Goodison Park all season, gave a strong indication he could move in the January window.
When asked what the new year would hold for him, Lampard said: ‘I just hope personally for me, it means I will be playing in a winning team.
Parting gift Frank Lampard scored twice against Everton at Goodison
‘I will keep trying to give my best as I’ve always done when here and will continue to do so.
‘I know there’s a lot of speculation and talk, but for me the enjoyable bit is the 90 minutes like I’ve just played, there.’
Lampard is free to talk to overseas clubs from January 1 with his contract six months from expiry, and Chelsea could be tempted to cash in instead of letting the midfielder’s contract run down.
Manchester United are said to be keeping tabs on the 34-year old’s situation.
Chelsea have now won 10 of the 11 games Lampard has played in, and only one of the eight he’s not featured in the squad for.
Surprisingly despite this, owner Roman Abramovich still does not appear interested in negotiating a new deal.
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Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez was giving nothing away over Lampard's future.
'I am really pleased with the team, credit to Frank for the goals,' the Spaniard said.
'Frank is under contract, doing well, fully committed. My job is to keep him fit.'
Asked if he knew anything about reports club officials are due to hold talks with Newcastle striker Demba Ba, he added: 'No, because we don't talk about this business, we had a very important game today.'