Chelsea manager Avram Grant is confident that Frank Lampard will still be at the club next season.
“We plan for next season and I can tell you that Frank will stay at Chelsea. The club wants Frank,” said Grant.
Lampard, 29, is out of contract in May 2009 and says he does not want to wait until the summer to agree a new deal.
“If we wait and nothing happens then I have got a year left, which is not a position I want to be in,” said the England midfielder.
“I said at the beginning of the season I didn’t want to talk about my contract because I wanted to concentrate on my football.
“They have made contact but it hasn’t been with any news. They’ve been saying that something is going to happen but if we wait until the summer and nothing happens then I’ve got a year left which is not a position I want to be in.”
Newspaper reports suggest Chelsea are lining up a £25m bid for Werder Bremen’s Brazilian midfielder Diego, placing Lampard’s future in doubt.
But Grant said: “Lampard has scored more than 100 goals and I think he will score 150 for Chelsea, I am sure of that.
“Any player who plays like this is not easy to replace. He is a very important player for the team.
“He can score and he can also defend. The situation with Frank has not changed.”
Lampard, who scored four goals in Chelsea’s 6-1 demolition of Derby on Wednesday, has been linked with a move to Juventus, who are managed by former Blues maager Claudio Ranieri.
Under Fifa-adopted European Union law, Lampard is entitled to buy out the two remaining year of his contract, with Chelsea only due to receive compensation equal to the remainder of his salary.