Lampard was supposed to have his final season at the Stamford Bridge after Abramovich decided not to offer a new contract to the veteran midfielder. But after a widespread backlash from Chelsea fans and players, Abramovich had a sudden change of heart.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Chelsea and Lampard met to talk about a new deal. No concrete offers were made, but sources confirmed that contract terms will be given to the 34-year-old veteran in their next meeting.
Lampard, who has netted 10 goals in 17 appearances for the Blues this season, is Chelsea’s second all-time leading goal scorer and is six goals away from surpassing the 202-goal record of Bobby Tambling.
Jamie Carragher to Hang Up His Boots
Meanwhile, Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher announced that he will retire after the end of the 2012-13 season, ending all speculations why the Reds have yet to offer a new contract to the 35-year-old veteran.
Carragher’s announcement will put his colourful career at Anfield to an end after this season. The former England international started his career at the Anfield when he made his Liverpool debut in January 1997, piling up 723 senior appearances with the Reds.
In a statement posted on Liverpool’s official website, Carragher said: “This will be my last season at Liverpool and my last as a professional footballer. I’m making this announcement now because I don’t want the manager or the club to be answering questions on my future when I’ve already decided what I am going to do.”
“I will be fully committed between now and the end of the season to doing the very best for Liverpool Football Club, as I’ve done my entire career since joining aged just nine-years-old. It has been a privilege and an honour to represent this great club for as long as I have and I am immensely proud to have done so and thankful for all the support I have had. “
Carragher helped Liverpool win several trophies including a Champions League triumph and two FA Cup titles.