Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of AEG which owns La Galaxy has said that the club are ‘ honoured’ to be linked with a move for Frank Lampard, but is keeping his cards close to his chest and did not reveal whether they would make a bid or not.
The England international is of course out of contract with Chelsea in the summer and interim boss Rafael Benitez hinted that it is likely he would leave the club.
The decision is sure to rest in the hands of owner Roman Abramovich, as it always does at Stamford Bridge and the Russian billionaire does not usually offer anything over than a one-year contract to anyone over 30-years-old.
Chelsea fans are sure want their influential midfielder to stay at the club, but as we all know from the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo earlier in the month – Abramovich does what he wants. At 34-years-old though, Lampard may not expect a long-term deal and he could feel as though he has done all he can in West London.
With David Beckham of course leaving the Galaxy after their MLS title Showdown with Houston Dynamo on Saturday, there is a space for a big name to head to Los Angles and the Englishman could be just the man they are after.
Beckham has had a great deal of success in MLS and Lampard, much like him is a superb professional, role model and most importantly – a fantastic player.
Despite Leiweke clearly being interested, he would not say whether a bid would be made: “All the speculation, you guys are allowed to do that, you don’t get fined.”
“We know how it feels when suddenly a player in the middle of the league, or Champions League, gets in the eye of the storm because of the speculation he’s going somewhere else, we won’t do that.”
The ball is very much in Chelsea’s court though, if they want Lampard, they need to offer him the right kind of deal and he is sure to sign straight away as he clearly loves the club and ideally would like to see out his career there.
First-team opportunities could be a struggle for the midfielder though and maybe he sees this as the perfect time to leave the Premier League.
Should Lampard head out of Stamford Bridge, he would leave as a Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup winner – but most importantly – a Chelsea legend.