Frank Lampard in talks with Chinese Super League club Guizhou Renhe clun confirms
Chinese club Guizhou Renhe have opened talks with Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, according to reports.
Renhe’s deputy board chairman Yang Xiayou was quoted in reports published today saying the club were in contact with Lampard but that no deal had been done.
It followed reports in which the club’s chairman Dai Yongge had claimed Lampard would join them as captain in January.
Lampard’s agent declined to comment on speculation about the midfielder’s future when contacted by Press Association Sport, and Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo dismissed the link to Renhe when the subject was raised in a press conference following Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool yesterday.
According to reports, Chelsea are not prepared to offer more than a one-year extension to Lampard, who could secure a lucrative payday to finish his career elsewhere.
Former Stamford Bridge team-mates Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka did just that when they joined Shanghai Shenhua this year on contracts said to earn them in excess of £250,000 a week.