Lampard hopes to extend Chelsea deal
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is confident that talks over a new deal, which are scheduled for the end of the season, will progress smoothly.
Lampard was in and out of the side earlier this season under former boss Andre Villas-Boas, leading to speculation he could quit the club this summer, but has been an integral part of the starting XI since Roberto Di Matteo took temporary charge.
And with Di Matteo seemingly in pole position to land the permanent post, having led the Blues to the Champions League and FA Cup finals, Lampard is keen to extend a contract which is scheduled to expire in summer 2013.
"I love Chelsea and, ideally, I will be here longer than just one more season," he told the Sunday Mirror. "I look at people like Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs at Manchester United and see what they are still doing and I would love to do the same for Chelsea. I want to emulate them.
"I considered playing abroad three or four years ago, that's true. But I decided to be here at Chelsea for the long haul. You can see what can be achieved by players like John Terry and Steven Gerrard who have been one-club men.
"Talks are planned with the club in the summer and as long as they want me, I would be more than happy to continue.
"As you get that bit older, you can't play the same way as you did five or six years ago. But I still feel I can contribute. I still feel good and I feel fresh in training and I am enjoying my football as much as ever."