Date: 10th February 2013 at 10:43am
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Yesterday, Frank Lampard netted the 198th goal of his Chelsea career, he now stands four short of the record currently held by Bobby Tambling.

Rumours continue to circulate that Chelsea may be having second thoughts about letting Frank go at the end of the season, but these are quickly countered by the inference from his agent, Steve Kutner, dismissing such suggestions.

This morning the inference is once again there that Frank may be offered a new deal, but a deal on a reduced salary and based on appearances. The inference is also there that Frank doesn`t want to leave Chelsea and that, bearing in mind what Roy Hodgson said in midweek, he wants to remain in Europe in the hope of being part of the England squad for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

But, you get the distinct impression that somewhere behind the scenes, a decision has been made and that decision, no matter what the consequences, is being stuck to. Following the flattering 4-1 win over Wigan, Rafa Benitez did little to offer any rewarding comments on Frank`s future simply muttering, in typical Rafa style,

“The last two months he`s scored eight or ten goals and I`m really pleased. For me, as manager, Lampard is fit and his understanding of the game is fine.”

“If he scores twenty goals and breaks the record, I`ll be really pleased.”

Which, to me, signifies that Rafa has no say on the comings and goings and no real influence on the shaping of the squad for next season, now if I were Rafa I`d find this insulting but then again perhaps he`s happy just being the stooge.

However, Frank, we feel, is being messed around and if there is another agenda and Frank, despite what he has to offer, is forced out of the Stamford Bridge gates it`ll be a shameful day in the history of our fine club, a day to match the blackest of the blackest!