Frank Lampard’s agent says the England midfielder has become “indispensable” to Chelsea – and that his new deal should reflect position at the club.
Lampard’s contract expires in two years and he is in talks with Chelsea over a new deal.
His agent Steve Kutner says that under Fifa’s transfer rules Lampard would have the option of buying out the rest of his deal this summer.
Lamparddoes not intend to use the clause but Kutner told the Independent: “He is as indispensable to Chelsea as anyone.”
“We know about the rule and I’ve talked to Peter Kenyon, Chelsea’s chief executive, about what Frank’s worth to Chelsea, and what he’s worth to other clubs.”
He claimed Lampard’s was indispensable, “not just creating goals and scoring them but as a marketing icon. His shirt sales outstrip any other player by four to one.
“He has two years left on his deal and it’s down to Peter Kenyon to talk to me, which I’m happy to do.
“If he wants to leave he could but that is nowhere near his mind at the moment.”
Speaking to BBC Five Live, Kenyon said: “I think it is fair to say with John Terry and Frank we are well down the line with new contracts that will keep them at the club for substantially longer and I think that would be a big boost for everyone.
“We are involved in the best set-up, involved in one of the best English clubs why would they want to play football anywhere else?”