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Chelsea deny Lampard talks

March 5, 2013
By ESPN staff

Chelsea have denied reports that chief executive Ron Gourlay said the club are in talks with Frank Lampard over a new contract.

Frank Lampard has enjoyed a turnaround in fortunes under Di Matteo
GettyImagesLampard continues to be a key player for Chelsea

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Lampard, 34, is in the final year of his contract and is expected to leave in the summer, which was reinforced when the club said they would not be extending his deal.

The England international has maintained his desire was to extend his stay, and he has delivered some impressive displays this season with 11 Premier League goals scored to date.

On Tuesday, Gourlay was quoted as having said at a press conference in Bangkok that discussions are "ongoing" with Lampard, leading to suggestions he could yet prolong his stay in West London.

However, Chelsea have denied such comments were made, as Gourlay refused to be drawn on the future of the midfielder when he spoke to the assembled media in the Thai capital.

After signing for Chelsea from West Ham for around £11 million in 2001, Lampard has made 633 appearances in all competitions, scoring 199 goals.