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Lampard focused only on final not contract

Frank Lampard insists he will sit down with Chelsea and discuss his future this summer but is adamant he is fully focused on tomorrow night's Champions League final against Manchester United.

The England midfielder has been linked with Inter Milan in some reports today - though Chelsea tonight insisted there has been no contact or offer made by the Italian club - and for his part Lampard is determined not to let anything distract him from the clash with United at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Lampard said: 'I'm very happy at Chelsea, it's been the best days of my career. My future will be sorted out in the summer, myself and the club have said we want to speak about my contract in the summer. Now is not the time to think about that.'

The former West Ham star is hoping to make it a 'family double' after his uncle Harry Redknapp won the FA Cup with Portsmouth.

'I was at Wembley on Saturday to see Harry win it and it was a great day for the family,' Lampard added.

'For what he has given to the game he deserves that. I'm sure he and all the Redknapp family will be supporting me tomorrow night and it would be great to make it a family double.'

Asked whether his penalty against Liverpool in the semi-final - in his first game back in the team following his mother's death - was a defining moment, Lampard said: 'That was a big moment for me but tomorrow is the defining moment for the team. Some of our players have won the Champions League, a lot of us haven't.

'My defining moment will be if I can be among the team lifting the cup, that will top anything I did in semi-final.'

Chelsea boss Avram Grant did not wish to be drawn on what his own future would hold after the final.

Asked whether he would walk away after the game, he said: 'Why? We are here today 11 days after the league (finished). If it was a normal season for Chelsea we would be on vacation, we are here because we are here for the most important game for clubs in the world, the Champions League final.

'You need to respect everyone at Chelsea and ask questions about the final, not about me.'

Chelsea captain John Terry is determined to emerge victorious from the 'biggest game' of his career.

The Blues lost twice in the semi-finals to Liverpool in the previous three seasons before finally making it to the showpiece for the first time in the club's history.

'Finally we're here on the big stage,' Terry said. 'Hopefully we've got a fully-fit team. It is massive.

'When you see the trophy and the atmosphere that surrounds the game it's awesome. This is the biggest game I've been involved in in my career. Winning it would be the icing on the cake.'

Tomorrow's match will be the first all-English encounter in a European Cup final and Lampard believes it is an achievement that should be celebrated.

He said: 'The way it's turned out, with the quality Manchester United have in their team and the quality we have in our team, the huge bonus it is for English football, I think it's a great thing and everyone should enjoy the moment. It's a big big plus for the Premier League.'

United are slight favourites having pipped Chelsea to the Barclays Premier League title but Terry insists the Blues are ready to do whatever it takes to win this battle.

'It's a different ball game,' he added. 'They were very good and deserved to win the league but it's a one-off game.

'I don't think anybody's underdogs or favourites. If it's a bad game so be it as long as we get our hands on the trophy.'

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