CHELSEA have played down reports that they are in discussions with Frank Lampard over a new deal.
Lampard’s contract expires in the summer and the midfielder had previously been told he would not be offered an extension.
The 34-year-old is still currently free to discuss a move away from Stamford Bridge with foreign clubs LA Galaxy and Paris Saint-Germain believed to be in the queue for his services.
However, sources last month suggested that billionaire owner Roman Abramovich had softened his stance over the England star and it appeared he would consider offering Lampard a lifeline.
Chelsea fans are desperate to hang onto their talisman and it looked as though chief executive Ron Gourlay, who was speaking in Bangkok at the launch announcement for Chelsea's summer tour to the Far East, today offered the Blues faithful renewed hope that a deal could be struck.
Early reports from Thailand claimed Gourlay had revealed talks between the two parties were ‘ongoing’ but Chelsea have poured cold water on the stories and insist the chief executive was misquoted.
The official Chelsea website states that Gourlay would not be drawn on any questions about Frank Lampard or squad contracts in general
“I am not prepared to discuss this at this time,” he said. “Obviously conversations must remain confidential between the club and the players at all times so that is as much as I can say.”
Lampard, who will be 35 in June, has made 38 appearances for the Blues this term and weighed in with 17 goals.
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