Frank Lampard moves to clear up `lies and nonsense`
Frank Lampard on Friday moved to clear up "lies and nonsense" over his move to New York City FC, confirming he will move to the States after completing his loan deal with Manchester City.
London: Frank Lampard on Friday moved to clear up "lies and nonsense" over his move to New York City FC, confirming he will move to the States after completing his loan deal with Manchester City.
Lampard issued a statement which said he does have an agreement in place with Major League Soccer side New York and will move there at season`s end.
"I want to make it completely clear about my situation as I have read a lot of lies and nonsense over the last few days," the statement said.
"When released from Chelsea last year at the end of my contract I signed a commitment to play for NYCFC for two years starting January 1, 2015. I was then offered the chance to train and be part of the Man City squad in the interim to keep myself in the best shape going into New York.
"This period has since been extended by Man City and I will now start playing for NYCFC at the end of this current Premier League season.
"There has always been a constant dialogue between all parties in this time to find the best solution for everyone. I can say that I am very excited about arriving in New York and giving everything to the team to make us a success in the MLS as soon as possible.
"Thanks everyone for your ongoing support and I wish everyone a healthy and happy 2015!"
Lampard`s assertion that his New York City contract was originally due to start on January 1 may add further confusion as, when the MLS franchise originally announced his signing in July 2014, they said on their website: "New York City FC signs Frank Lampard to a Designated Player contract ... a two-year contract which starts August 1 (2014)."
Manchester City and New York City, both part of the City Football Group, have been criticised on both sides of the Atlantic for their handling of the situation.
Lampard`s move to the Etihad Stadium was initially thought to be a loan, and it only emerged that he was fully registered with the club after his deal was extended on December 31.
With Yaya Toure heading to the African Nations Cup, City are keen to keep Lampard after his return of seven goals, largely as a substitute.
Lampard has been the face of New York City`s marketing campaign ahead of their inaugural season and many fans demanded a refund on their season tickets after it was confirmed he would remain in Manchester until the summer.