Frank Lampard has hinted that his loan spell with Manchester City could be extended if he continues to impress for the Premier League champions.
The former Chelsea man has impressed during his short-term move to the Etihad Stadium from New York City FC, scoring four times in six outings including an equalizer in the 1-1 draw with the Blues in September.
Manuel Pellegrini has already expressed an interest keeping Lampard for longer, but the midfielder is keen not to commit with New York’s inaugral MLS season starting in March.
"The temptation is to not get ahead of myself in my career. I am here until January 1, basically, so I will focus on that and see what happens then," Lampard is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.
"There has been a lot said about when the season starts, but the only thing that can decide my future is how well I am playing. They will be kicking me out in January if I don’t play very well!
"I am just looking game to game and trying to play as well as I can."
Lampard has also thanked City fans for their warm welcome during his stay and hopes he can continue impressing as the club look to fight on multiple fronts this term.
"I have scored a few goals and I hope they can see my desire. I haven’t come here just to train and make up numbers in the squad," he added. "People might have thought that was the case but it’s not.
"I want to perform - I have always done it throughout my career, and if people see that I am giving my all the fans will get behind me."