Lampard Agrees to One-Year Contract With Chelsea: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.

Lampard Deal

Frank Lampard agreed to a new one-year contract that will keep Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer at the Premier League club next season, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Lampard, 34, is said to have significantly lowered his financial demands and Chelsea has accepted the value of keeping the midfielder, who is popular with fans, the newspaper added.

Giggs Role

Incoming Manchester United manager David Moyes is set to offer Ryan Giggs a coaching role to harness his experience and popularity among teammates, the Daily Express reported.

Giggs, 39, signed a one-year contract extension in March, though is likely to play fewer games in what is almost certain to be his final season, the newspaper said. He has already completed his coaching qualifications, the Express added.

Bayern Rules Out Rooney

Bayern Munich has no interest in signing United forward Wayne Rooney, the Guardian reported, citing the German club’s sporting director Matthias Sammer.

“I don’t know what Rooney would bring to the Bundesliga,” the newspaper cited Sammer as saying. “I can’t answer that. I can answer that we have great respect for Wayne Rooney, but there has been no contact with him.”

Playoff Prospect

Chelsea and Arsenal may face a playoff to decide third place in the Premier League, the Daily Mirror reported.

The London rivals would end the season tied on points, goal difference and goals for and against if Chelsea draws 0-0 with Everton in its final game and Arsenal wins 2-1 at Newcastle, the newspaper said. The league said last night that Chelsea’s home-and-away victories against the Gunners this season would not be used as a tiebreaker, the Mirror added.

Trading Places

Liverpool will ask Barcelona for Cristian Tello in part exchange for goalkeeper Pepe Reina, the same paper reported.

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers doesn’t want to lose Reina, though would be open to trading him if Barcelona adds Spain under-21 forward Tello to any deal, the newspaper added.

Tello, 21, has a release clause of about 8.5 million pounds ($12.9 million), while Barcelona has indicated that it’s willing to pay as much as 10 million pounds for Reina, the Mirror said.

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