Lampard to replace Beckham at LA Galaxy?
Veteran Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is likely to replace former Manchester United midfielder at American Major League Soccer Club, LA Galaxy after the Blues confirmed he won't be offered a new contract with the club.
Lampard, set to make his 500th Premier League start against Aston Villa on Sunday, accepts his Chelsea days will be over after 12 years at the end of the season, the Daily Mirror reports.
The England international, who turns 35 in June, had spoken about wanting to stay in top flight football and was linked with a move to QPR to play for uncle Harry Redknapp, the paper said.
But with Rangers' Premier League status far from certain, Lampard, who will not be allowed to leave Chelsea next month, is now prepared to follow the dollar trail to Major League Soccer, it added.
With Beckham having called time on his spell at the Galaxy, Lampard can take advantage of the designated player rule, which means he is not subject to the MLS salary cap, the paper said.
The paper further added that Los Angeles will be able to offer Lampard more than 130,000 pounds per week in a lucrative final pay-day after the midfielder conceded: "Maybe things don't last forever." (ANI)
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