Frank wants to stay: agent denies Lampard has rejected record pay deal

Last updated at 11:52 02 July 2007

Frank Lampard's agent has denied the player has turned down a record offer from Chelsea and insists he wants to stay at the club.

It has been suggested the England midfielder had rejected a deal that would have netted him £131,000 a week, making him the club's highest-paid player.

Robben and Lampard

But the 28-year-old's representatives have insisted that no talks have taken place with Chelsea.

Agent Steve Kutner said today that neither Lampard, chief executive Peter Kenyon nor himself have been free to set up a meeting since the end of last season.

Lampard, who has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Juventus, will now join up with his team-mates in America next Monday but Kutner won't be going with him.

Kutner, however, is adamant there is no cause for alarm and said: "The three of us haven't had a chance to have talks.

"There has never been a time when the three of us have been free as Frank has been on holiday and Peter has been away. But nothing has changed. Frank has always said he wants to stay at Chelsea for the rest of his career.

"He will join up with Chelsea's tour next week and will be as committed as ever. Nothing can get sorted out until he gets back, but there is no rush."

It will probably have to wait until next month as Chelsea face friendlies at Feyenoord, Rangers and Brondby when they return from Los Angeles.

The club are also still trying to get Arjen Robben to commit to a new deal in the wake of interest from Real Madrid, and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has denied he was told he could not spend any money to find a replacement.

The Stamford Bridge club have targeted Lyon winger Florent Malouda should the Dutchman secure a switch to Spain, although they will have to increase their initial bid of £12million to £17m.

So far the Blues have signed Steven Sidwell, Claudio Pizarro and Tal Ben Haim on free transfers, which is in stark contrast to the big spending the club have done over the previous three years.

"Nobody from the board said Jose you have to only bring in players on a Bosman because we have no money to spend," Mourinho told Chelsea TV.

"I think it's bad business if you only bring in players under the Bosman law and they are not good enough.

"If the only reason you are bringing them is because they are free, they become expensive. The point is to bring in good players."

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