Veteran midfielder expected to play against former employers.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he expects imminent loan signing Frank Lampard to play against his old side Chelsea if he joins the club this season, according to the Daily Mail.
The 36-year-old is expected to complete a surprise temporary switch to the Etihad Stadium this summer, having only left Chelsea at the end of last season after seeing out his contract with the club.
Lampard holds legendary status at Stamford Bridge, having spent the vast majority of his career with the Blues, winning numorous honours and eventually becoming their all-time leading goalscorer.
However, his transfer to MLS side New York City FC, a franchise owned by the Manchester giants, has put him in line for a move to Pellegrini’s side, as he looks to maintain his fitness ahead of the start of the season in the US in January.
Having supposedly requested not to be eligible to feature against his old side Chelsea, Pellegrini now says he expects to hold talks with Lampard and tell him that he will have to play if selected.
“I will talk about all those things with him but he’ll be a player for City and he’ll play every game he needs to play,” said the Chilean.