Chelsea owner Abramovich, Coach Scolari in squabble over Lampards retention

July 9th, 2008 - 5:03 pm ICT by ANI  

London, July 9 (ANI): Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich amd the teams coach Phil Scolari are reportedly at loggerheads over retaining mid-field striker Frank Lampard
Lampard and Chelsea management have already had six hours of negotiations over a new contract, but the issue remains stalemated.
New Blues boss Scolari, however, insists that Lampard will stay, while Abramovich has refused to sanction the new five-year deal Lampard is demanding.
Lampards agent issued a statement insisting Scolaris comments were inaccurate and that no new deal had been finalised.
Italys Inter Milan football club is using the rift by making a second bid for the England star, raising the offer from 6.5million pounds to 8 million pounds.
It now seems certain that Lampards love affair with Stamford Bridge is over with the player feeling betrayed by a club that will not reward his loyalty with a new long-term deal.
On Monday, Scolari had told the 30-year-old he would be able to get the go-ahead for the new deal.
But after just one day in charge, the Brazilian seems to have already been undermined by Abramovich who refuses to give in to Lampards call for 140,000 pound a week for five years.
Amazingly, Scolari still told the worlds media at a press conference that he believed the England midfielder would stay. (ANI)

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