Report: Lampard to join Australia’s Melbourne City next season

The 36-year-old midfielder will reportedly take his talents to Australia next season.  

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MELBOURNE, Australia —

England midfielder and Chelsea great Frank Lampard will reportedly join Spanish striker David Villa in a guest stint at Australian club Melbourne City next year.

Villa has already confirmed his short-term deal and the Daily Mirror reported early Tuesday that Lampard will join him as both build up match fitness ahead of moves to the new Major League Soccer franchise New York City. Both the New York and Melbourne clubs are affiliates of Premier League champion Manchester City.

The newspaper said a deal has been agreed, though the clubs involved are yet to formally confirm it. Lampard’s former Chelsea teammate Damien Duff has already signed a one-year deal with Melbourne City.


Lampard now 36, might have played in his final World Cup last week, but insists he is yet to decide when he will call time on his career with the England national team.

When asked about his future, Lampard told ITV: "I don’t know. I really enjoyed being involved and I love playing for my country, that’s obvious. I am 36 and still doing it. I feel fresh. If I feel I can offer something I will do but at the moment it is too soon to say."