Less than 2 months after David Beckham left LA Galaxy, it seems as though the MLS Champions have already found their replacement.
LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made a public statement Thursday announcing his interest in the English midfielder.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if over the next week or so we’re going to have some sort of decision with a designated player. We wouldn’t rule a move for Lampard out. It’s always a possibility.”
The Galaxy has been in close contact with Lampard ever since Chelsea have made it clear that they will not be seeking a contract extension with him.
As of now, Lampard will be moving to the Galaxy on a free transfer at the end of Chelsea’s season when his contract expires.
However, a source told Goal.com earlier this week that although Lampard and LA Galaxy have reached an agreement, “It’s all but done.”
Ever since David Beckham’s departure after the Galaxy’s MLS Cup victory, the club has been search in for a “designated player” to fill his position.
Despite statements in December that Brazilian international Kaka was their prime target, it seems they have changed directions once they discovered a deal with him could not be reached.
LA Galaxy was not the only club looking to sign Lampard next season, though. Many other teams, including those playing in the Premier League, have declared interest in him.
As a result, the MLS Champions have made every effort to snag the midfielder, and it was a success.
Despite his age, the 34 year English international has been one of Chelsea’s leading goalscorers this season, racking up a total of 7 goals in his 14 appearances. He has also made the most ever Premier League appearances for Chelsea at a jaw-dropping 384 matches.
In addition to that, Lampard is also probably the greatest goal-scoring midfielder in Premier League history, finding the net 194 times in 584 appearances in England.
On Chelsea’s tour of North America last year, Lampard was questioned about his future at Stamford Bridge:
“I am not sure about a future in MLS. I have another year on my contract at Chelsea and we have a big season ahead of us with the Super Cup and the Club World Cup in December. It’s up to Chelsea to speak with me about my future and, at that time, I’ll speak with them.”
“I wouldn’t rule anything out at the moment.”
12 years at Chelsea have made Frank Lampard nothing short of a football legend. His leadership both offensively and defensively has been a vital aspect of Chelsea’s successes, primarily their Champions League victory last year, in which Lampard scored their 2nd penalty in a shootout that decided the match.
The Galaxy are extremely lucky to have reached a deal acquiring Lampard next season, filling the void left after Beckham’s departure from MLS. Lampard will certainly bring even more talent to the already dominant LA Galaxy, and will hopefully propel them to their 3rd consecutive MLS Cup victory in autumn of 2013.