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Monday, December 31, 2012
Lampard still unclear over future

ESPN staff

Frank Lampard said his future is still unclear after his two goals helped Chelsea come from behind to win 2-1 at Everton.

• Marcotti on Lampard's future

Lampard, who is out of contract in the summer, showed the Blues just what they would be missing if they let him go with two sharp finishes.

Asked if he knew what the new year would hold, Lampard told Sky Sports: "Nope, I just hope for me personally playing in a winning team. I will keep trying to give my best as I've always done when here and will continue to do so. I know there's a lot of speculation and talk, but for me the enjoyable bit is the 90 minutes."

Later he was asked about his 192 goals for the club - one shy of the club's second all-time leading goalscorer Kerry Dixon - and whether he would still be around after January.

"I'm only one behind so hopefully I'll beat that, but you never should count your chickens," Lampard told the BBC. "At the minute there is nothing been said and my contract's till the summer.

"I'm enjoying playing, I'm working hard in training, I'm loving being part of the team and the ability we've got in the team. That's all I can tell you at the minute, and that's fair enough for me, I'm happy just to keep playing well and contributing to winning games."

But quizzed whether Chelsea had held any discussions with him about a possible extension, Lampard replied: "No."

Everton took the lead early on through Steven Pienaar and hit the woodwork several times, only to come away with nothing andv Lampard admitted the visitors had found the going tough but claimed the win was just reward for their resolve.

He added: "It (the effort) was huge, especially after the sloppy start. The lads dug in, we held our own, rode our luck, but I think we made our own luck and I think we deserved to win it for that. To be able to contribute, get the goals, is great, but the team performance deserves most credit."

Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez, though, was giving nothing away over Lampard's future.

"I am really pleased with the team, credit to Frank for the goals," the Spaniard said. "Frank is under contract, doing well, fully committed. My job is to keep him fit."

Asked if he knew anything about reports club officials are due to hold talks with Newcastle striker Demba Ba, he added: "No, because we don't talk about this business. We had a very important game today."

Everton boss David Moyes revealed he had apologised to referee Howard Webb after confronting him after the match.

"I apologised to him because I shouldn't have talked to him as I came off the pitch," he said.

The Scot added: "We gave Chelsea a good run for their money, albeit we're disappointed we didn't take something from the game."

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