Frank Lampard Could Sign New Chelsea Contract

Frank Lampard could sign a new contract with Chelsea after Roman Abramovich did a U-turn and opened talks with the Blues midfielder.

According to the Daily Mail, Abramovich has had a change of heart after Lampard's prolific return to the first-team following two months out injured. The midfielder has scored 11 goals already this campaign - the 10th successive season he has hit double-figures.

Chelsea fans have been vocal in their desire for Lampard, whose contract expires in June, to stay with the club beyond the summer and now "positive" talks have taken place between both the club and the player. Ashley Cole signed a contract extension in January when it was expected he would be allowed to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the term.

Lampard scored England's winner on his 94th appearance against Brazil on Wednesday night and was afterwards warned by coach Roy Hodgson to continue his career at a competitive level.

Sticking around? Lampard has been at Chelsea since 2001

MLS team LA Galaxy have been linked with a move for Lampard and Hodgson conceded a move "further afield" would jeopardise the player's international future.

Hodgson said: "He was excellent. I think he can (reach 100). I hope we'll keep Frank in England. It's not for me to discuss his future with his current club, that's for him and his club. I know he'll have a lot of offers if Chelsea do decide they're prepared to let him go."

"I'm rather hoping we'll still see him, if not in England then Europe. If he goes further afield and follows David (Beckham to the MLS), it complicates matters but it doesn't mean your career is over with England. But the further afield you go, the more problematic it gets for the media and the England manager to follow you."

Lampard, who signed for Chelsea from West Ham in an £11m deal 12 years ago, is second on the club's all-time goalscorer list behind Bobby Tambling.