Friday 26 September 2014 12:25, UK
Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard has suggested he would be open to extending his loan from New York City beyond its current January deadline.
The possibility of the 36-year-old staying in England has been raised after City manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted it was "not impossible" to extend his loan.
New York have made Lampard central to their marketing structure ahead of the new franchise's inaugural MLS season, but it does not start until mid-March, with pre-season training beginning in January.
And Lampard said: “That will obviously be a club decision first and foremost. I wouldn't want to get too ahead of myself. It's not my place to do that.
“I'll just train as hard as I can and play as well as I can - that’s the important thing – then we'll see what happens. I'm signed here until January so that's all I can say at the minute.”
Lampard surpised many by opting to play for another Premier League club and a title-rival to former club Chelsea after a long and illustrious career at Stamford Bridge.
But the former England international said: “It's been an easy transition. I feel good and I'm really enjoying it here.
"It's very different to Chelsea. I was there such a long time that you just go on auto-pilot in the end. You drive in every day, you know everybody behind the scenes.
“But the lads are great, the people behind the scenes have welcomed me; the staff, the manager, Brian Kidd. I didn't have to make this decision but it's good to test yourself in life.”