Frank Lampard's agent insists the player is still 'a long way off' signing a new contract with Chelsea despite Blues chief executive Peter Kenyon's claim that the club were 'well down the line' in tying the England midfielder to a new deal.
Kenyon told BBC Radio Five Live yesterday that the Barclays Premiership champions were advancing in talks with Lampard and club captain John Terry, but Lampard's representative Steve Kutner suggested it was not something his client was giving much thought to just yet.
'I had talks with Peter before Christmas and I'm planning to have talks with him fairly soon and that's where we are. At the moment it's a long way off,' Kutner told The Guardian.
'(Lampard) has two years left and it's down to Peter to talk to me, which I'm very happy to do.
'I think the ball is very firmly in Chelsea's court because of the length of time Frank has on his contract and, as has been widely reported, there is a FIFA ruling that if he wants to leave he could. But that's nowhere near his mind at the moment.'
Lampard has the right to buy out the remainder of his contract in May under FIFA legislation.