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Friday 26 December 2014

Lampard hopeful over new deal

Frank Lampard hopes his Chelsea future will be resolved soon
Frank Lampard hopes his Chelsea future will be resolved soon
Chelsea players pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final
Chelsea's David Luiz with the UEFA Europa League trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
Chelsea's John Terry (right) with Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay (centre) and Bruce Buck during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland
Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta (left) and Branislav Ivanovic celebrate after winning the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland
Chelsea players celebrate with the UEFA Europa League trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland
Chelsea's John Terry and Ashley Cole celebrate after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
Chelsea's John Terry with the UEFA Europa League trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic celebrates after winning during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
Chelsea's David Luiz celebrates after winning the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech celebrates with the UEFA Europa League trophy after winning the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena
Chelsea lift the UEFA Europa League trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez celebrates with the UEFA Europa League trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena
Chelsea's Frank Lampard (centre) and his team-mates lift the UEFA Europa League trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
Chelsea's Frank Lampard and interim manager Rafael Benitez during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland
Chelsea's Petr Cech and Frank Lampard celebrate winning the UEFA Europa League during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Enzo Perez of Benfica is consoled by Pablo Aimar of Benfica during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Ex-Ajax and Netherlands footballer Johan Cruyff congratulates Chelsea Interim Manager Rafael Benitez after the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Dejected Benfica players look on after the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Ola John of Benfica reacts after defeat during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Luisao of Benfica tackles Ramires of Chelsea during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Oscar Cardozo of Benfica looks on during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Eduardo Salvio of Benfica looks on during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea and Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Oscar Cardozo of Benfica lies on the pitch after defeat during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea and Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea and Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Luisao of Benfica looks on during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Luisao of Benfica reacts during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Chelsea Interim Manager Rafael Benitez and his coaching staff pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres of Chelsea pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Marko Marin of Chelsea and Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea celebrate with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Chelsea Chief Executive Ron Gourlay celebrates with John Terry of Chelsea during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Paulo Ferreira of Chelsea celebrates on the pitch with his son during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Juan Mata of Chelsea is marshalled by Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea lifts the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Ashley Cole of Chelsea celebrates with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea throws his boots to the fans during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: John Terry of Chelsea applauds the fans during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: (L-R) Oriol Romeu, Fernando Torres, Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata of Chelsea pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Gary Cahill of Chelsea and tea mates celebrate victory during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: (L-R) David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar of Chelsea pose with trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: John Terry of Chelsea celebrates with his children Georgie and Summer during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Petr Cech of Chelsea celebrates with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Chelsea Interim Manager Rafael Benitez poses with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea throws his boots to the fans during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea is congratulated by UEFA President Michel Platini during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Fernando Torres of Chelsea poses with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Fernando Torres of Chelsea poses with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea is congratulated by UEFA President Michel Platini during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea lifts the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Luisao and Manager Jorge Jesus of Benfica walk through a Chelsea guard of honour for during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea lifts the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Artur of Benfica looks on as Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea (not pictured) scores the winning goal during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Frank Lampard added a Europa League winner's medal to his collection and then spelt out his desire to finally sign a new deal at Chelsea.

The former West Ham midfielder said after the game that talks are ongoing, but he is hopeful that speculation regarding his future will be put to bed in the near future.

"We are talking and I really hope that we can get the right end to it because everyone knows that I want to stay here," Lampard said. "The club have been brilliant."

Lampard has now won every domestic and European competition with the Blues following the dramatic 2-1 victory over Benfica at the Amsterdam ArenA.

At the turn of the year it seemed this would be Lampard's final year of a long spell at the west London club, but talks between the 34-year-old and the Stamford Bridge hierarchy have progressed well of late. Upon being asked when he thought negotiations would conclude, the England international said: "Soon, I hope."

Chelsea had hoped to mount a successful defence of their Champions League crown this season, but they were eliminated from the group stages. And while the club looks set to finish

The same Chelsea fans who goaded their Tottenham counterparts with "Thursday night, Channel Five" taunts earlier this season, were revelling in their victory, glad that the team had ended a rollercoaster season by adding more silverware to their trophy cabinet. And although the Blues have enjoyed success in the Barclays Premier League since Roman Abramovich took over in 2003, this term they look set to finish third.

Lampard still thinks the club's season should be viewed as a success, though.

"It has been a great season for the club," he said. "It is huge (to win the Europa League). Last year was incredible. We had fought so many years to win the Champions League so that was an absolute stand-out night for us but this year you could feel the buzz in Amsterdam."

He added: "We didn't want to go in to the Europa League. We wanted to stay in the Champions League this year but we have shown a great determination to win it from the moment that we have been in it and when you look back now, and you've got a full set (of domestic and European medals), it makes you very proud."

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