Frank Lampard close to New York City FC deal

England's Frank Lampard (8) fights for the ball with Costa Rica's Christian Bolanos during their...

England's Frank Lampard (8) fights for the ball with Costa Rica's Christian Bolanos during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 24, 2014. (REUTERS)

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England international Frank Lampard is expected to confirm his move to new Major League Soccer franchise New York City FC next week, according to British media reports.

Citing an MLS source, Toronto Sun soccer columnist Kurtis Larson has also reported in recent weeks that Lampard will sign with NYCFC.

The 36-year-old was released by Chelsea at the end of last season following the expiration of his contract.

He left Stamford Bridge as the club's record goalscorer with 211 from 648 appearances during a 13-year spell in west London.

It is understood Lampard was impressed by the Manchester City and New York Yankee-owned club's vision.

Should Lampard sign, the midfielder may follow the lead of another recent recruit, Spanish record goalscorer David Villa, in joining their sister club, Australian-side Melbourne City, to maintain fitness ahead of the MLS season in March 2015.

-With files from QMI Agency

 


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