• Premier League

Lampard not thinking about future

ESPN staff
December 23, 2012
Frank Lampard scored scored his 130th league goal for Chelsea as they thrashed Aston Villa © PA Photos

Frank Lampard refused to speculate on his future after he helped Chelsea romp to an 8-0 victory over Aston Villa.

Making his first Premier League start since October, Lampard became Chelsea's all-time leading scorer in the top flight with his 130th league goal for the Blues as they ran riot at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard recently revealed he has not entered discussions with Chelsea over a new contract, and could leave the club in the summer.

If no new contract is in place by the New Year, Lampard will be permitted to start talking to foreign clubs, with the MLS mooted as a possible destination for the 34-year-old.

But despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, Lampard, who made his 500th Premier League start on Sunday, insists he is focusing all his efforts on Chelsea's bid to get back into the title race.

"I'm not concentrating that far [ahead] because I am under contract here and I love playing here as everyone knows," Lampard told Sky Sports. "I am going to continue game by game and I'm just pleased to be fit and I really enjoyed today.

"I'll just keep trying to enjoying my football and I believe I have got a lot [left] in me so I will try and show that. The club's position is its position. I'm here to play football and show people what I can do."

Benitez also remained coy on Lampard and refused to confirm or deny that the midfielder would be offered a new contract.

"My opinion is that Lampard is doing so well, that we are pleased with him every training session, every game, and that is it," he said.

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