Sunday, 22 January 2012

Frank Lampard could quit Chelsea FC to join LA Galaxy - report


Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is reportedly planning a move to California following interest from LA Galaxy.

LA Galaxy chief Tim Leiweke this past week confirmed that he is a big fan of the 33-year-old, although the AEG president refused to confirm whether the MLS oufit had made a move to lure him to the club.

But according to the Mail on Sunday, Lampard and Christine Bleakley, who got engaged last summer, are looking into a move to North America.

TV presenter Bleakley is said to be confident of finding presenting work in the States, while Lampard is said to be open to the idea of signing for Galaxy.

An unnamed friend was quoted by the newspaper as saying: "They love LA and the trip in May is about testing the water to see if they could make it their home. They are very open to the idea.

"Frank and Christine have secretly been harbouring this fantasy of moving to America for a while, but nothing concrete was agreed until now. They are really excited at the possibility.

"They are flying to LA after Christine finishes the current series of Dancing On Ice and Frank has some time free between matches so they can check out possible job offers."

Earlier this month, it was reported that Manchester United were showing interest in the England international, but LA Galaxy have been linked with him for several months.

And Galaxy chief Tim Leiweke confirmed to Sky Sports News that the club are looking at their options for future Designated Player slots.

In Major League Soccer, clubs can sign up to three Designated Players which are not included in the strict wage structure that operates throughout American football.

David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan are Galaxy's three current players taking those slots.

"I am a fan of Frank's, I think he is a great player," admitted Leiweke.

"When I think of Chelsea, I think of Frank Lampard.

"You should ask him, it took us two years to get David [Beckham] here the first time, we are working on the next DP.

"We are going to continue to work on the next DP and there are about half-a-dozen guys we have a good relationship with but first we have to have a lot and we don't have a slot.

"I am a big fan of his."

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