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Frank Lampard reassures New York over Stateside move

By Robert Jones

Frank Lampard has sought to draw a line under the controversy regarding his extended stay at Manchester City and insisted he will join New York City FC in the summer.

There has been confusion over the nature of Lampard's contract status in relation to both clubs since it was announced that he would remain with the Barclays Premier League champions until the end of the season.

That announcement has delayed his debut with sister club New York until midway through their first Major League Soccer campaign to the anger of many fans in the United States.

On Thursday, the Premier League announced that it was satisfied his contract was solely owned by Manchester City with no agreement in place between the two clubs - which sparked fresh speculation that he might never play in MLS.

But Lampard issued a statement yesterday which said he does have an agreement in place with New York and will move there in the summer.

"I want to make it completely clear as I have read a lot of lies and nonsense over the last few days," the statement said.

"I signed a commitment to play for NYCFC for two years starting January 1, 2015. I was then offered the chance to train and be part of the Man City squad in the interim to keep myself in the best shape going into New York.

"This period has since been extended and I will now start playing for NYCFC at the end of this current Premier League season.

"There has always been a constant dialogue between all parties in this time to find the best solution for everyone. I can say that I am very excited about arriving in New York and giving everything to the team to make us a success in the MLS as soon as possible."

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