Frank Lampard may still have a future at Chelsea, after the club confirmed it is involved in contract talks with the veteran midfielder.
34-year-old Lamps is out of contract at the end of the season, and has not been offered an extension by the Blues.
It is thought that MLS club LA Galaxy are in pole position to sign Lampard, who with 199 goals is just three shy of becoming Chelsea’s all-time top scorer.
The box-to-box England international has also been linked to a move to China, but from his delay in signing a pre-contract agreement with any foreign club it is clear Lamps wants to stay at Stamford Bridge.
Even though the deal makers at Chelsea appear to have decided last year already that Lamps is part of the club’s past, his prolific form this season may have made them change their minds.
He has scored 11 goals in 19 matches for club and country, and in doing so, club legend Lampard may have played his way back into Chelsea’s plans for next season.
"Discussions are ongoing and must be kept confidential at this stage," Blues chief executive Ron Gourlay told a press conference regarding Lampard on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Blues have also confirmed that interim manager Rafa Benitez will not be replaced before the end of the season, in spite of the ongoing indifference towards him on the part of many Chelsea fans.
"It was the club's plan to have Benitez as interim manager with the aim of securing a Champions League position at the end of the Premier League season," said Gourlay.
"We'll assess the situation then. We can still win the Europa League and the FA Cup, but make no mistake, our priority lies with a Champions League spot."