Lampard sets date for Chelsea talks

Frank Lampard has told Chelsea chiefs he is ready to discuss a new contract after playing in England's forthcoming friendly internationals.

Lampard put contract talks on hold earlier this season because he wanted to concentrate on his form on the pitch. But the England midfielder's current deal expires at the end of next season ahd he was strongly linked with a move to Inter Milan before Wednesday's UEFA Champions League final defeat against Manchester United.

Now Lampard, whose mother died of pneumonia recently, has to turn his attentions to international duty after being named in Fabio Capello's squad to take on USA at Wembley on 28 May and then Trinidad and Tobago on 1 June.

Once that is out of the way he is confident a new contract can be thrashed out to keep him at Stamford Bridge.

"I have got to talk to the club. My contract has obviously been the last thing on my mind in the last six weeks, but I will sit down and talk with them after the England games," Lampard said.

I hope we can come to a conclusion. I am pretty confident we can. I have said that many times before
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Lampard isn't phased by reports that Chelsea manager Avram Grant will be replaced during a close-season cull that could also see several star players leaving the Premier League club.

"At the end of the day what is important is that the club moves forward whatever happens with the personnel," Lampard said. "We've given it everything this year and it wasn't quite to be.

"But the strength of a club is how you return when you have that little knock back."