LONDON (Sporting Alert) — As the transfer gossips in football deepens with the new market set to open next week, Chelsea FC have reportedly confirmed that Frank Lampard is no longer needed at the club.

According to The Sun, the man who captained the Blues to their only Champions League crown last season was told that his services were no longer needed and he was free to find a new club in the January window.

The news at first seems as though they were just Chelsea rumors, but apparently there is some truth to the story.

After leading Chelsea out in the 8-0 hammering of Aston Villa on Sunday, Lampard was left on the bench for the Boxing Day fixture at Norwich, despite having an impressive showing and scoring a goal.

He did come on to make a second half appearance when replacing John Obi Mikel, but it is still believed that the Blues have no plans to keep the England international.

The Sun quoted one of their source as saying: “Frank is absolutely distraught. He wants to keep playing for Chelsea but they’ve told him to find another club in the January transfer window.

“He can’t believe it. All he wants to do is play for Chelsea. This club means everything to him.”

Many have tried to deny the report, but Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has admitted to meeting with the experienced midfielder.

Benitez said: “From my position it is very easy — it is a private conversation between Frank and the club. That’s it.

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“He is a player under contract, he is a good player and I will try to bring the best from him.”

The  34-year-old contract runs until the summer Chelsea have no plans to keep him at  Stamford Bridge past January 1.

With the transfer market set to open next week, Chelsea have been rumored to be interested in several players, with strikers dominating the list.


James Anderson is a major football contributor for SportingAlert. Covers events from the teams in London, including Chelsea and Arsenal.

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