‘Lam­pard needs to re­tire first’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

CHELSEA man­ager An­to­nio Conte has said that he will only con­sider Frank Lam­pard as a coach when the player re­tires. The for­mer Blues player re­cently an­nounced he would be leav­ing MLS side New York City af­ter two sea­sons with the team. He is yet to con- firm whether or not he will re­tire from foot­ball and has been linked to a num­ber of clubs, in­clud­ing LA Galaxy and New­cas­tle United.

Spec­u­la­tion has also mounted that Lam­pard will hang up his boots to take on a man­age­rial role, with MK Dons mooted as a po­ten­tial des­ti­na­tion for the 38-year-old.

But Conte has im­plied that Lam­pard won’t be head­ing to Stam­ford Bridge any­time soon – not un­til he makes clear what the next step in his ca­reer will be.

“Frank Lam­pard has been a great player. (He was) a fan­tas­tic player for Chelsea.

“He won a lot with this team. But now, for me, he’s still play­ing and for this rea­son I don’t know his fu­ture,” said the Ital­ian. – The In­de­pen­dent

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