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Frank Lampard in talks with Chinese club Guizhou Renhe





By Ben Rumsby , Press Association

PUBLISHED: 07:28 EST, 12 November 2012 | UPDATED: 08:04 EST, 12 November 2012

Frank Lampard is in talks with Chinese club Guizhou Renhe over a possible move away from Stamford Bridge in January, which could cast doubts over his future England career. 

Renhe's deputy board chairman Yang Xiayou has said the club are in contact with Lampard but that no deal had been done.

Lampard, as well as left-back Ashley Cole, has been a linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the season.

On his way? Frank Lampard (centre) and Christine Bleakley watched Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Liverpool

On his way? Frank Lampard (centre) and Christine Bleakley watched Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Liverpool

End of an era? Lampard has been contacted by Chinese club Guizhou over a possible transfer

End of an era? Lampard has been contacted by Chinese club Guizhou over a possible transfer

A potential stumbling block for Lampard's proposed move could be his relationship with TV presenter Christine Bleakley.

The former Daybreak presenter is predominantly Britain-based, which could disrupt Lampard's move to the Far East.

'Yes, we are in contact with Lampard but so far nothing has been settled,' the Renhe official told the Beijing television station BTV-6.

It followed reports in which the club's chairman Dai Yongge had claimed Lampard would join them as captain in January.

Lampard's agent has declined to comment on speculation about the midfielder's future and Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo dismissed the link to Renhe when the subject was raised in a press conference following Chelsea's Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool yesterday.

According to reports, Chelsea are not prepared to offer more than a one-year extension to Lampard, who could secure a lucrative payday to finish his career elsewhere.

Former Stamford Bridge team-mates Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka did just that when they joined Shanghai Shenhua this year on contracts said to earn them in excess of £250,000 a week.

Lampard has been linked with a move to China since March, while he has been touted for even longer as a big-name replacement for David Beckham in Major League Soccer.

Renhe, who are based in China's south-western province of Guizhou, qualified for the AFC Champions League for the first time last season following a fourth-place finish in the Super League.

Lampard, who realised his ambition to win the Champions League in Europe last season when he captained Chelsea to their Munich triumph, has repeatedly expressed his desire to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Following suit: Former Chelsea team-mates Drogba and Anelka have already made the switch to China

But he has also admitted to concerns about the lack of contact from the club over a new deal in recent months.

He has not played for the Blues since aggravating a calf injury in their Champions League defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk almost three weeks ago and is a doubt for their potential make-or-break Group E showdown at Juventus next week.

Magic moment: Lampard was an integral part of Chelsea's victorious Champions League campaign

Magic moment: Lampard was an integral part of Chelsea's victorious Champions League campaign


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