Manuel Pellegrini hints Frank Lampard could stay at City next season

• Manager says midfielder will definitely stay until end of campaign
• Pellegrini also defends decision in wake of criticism from NYC fans
Match report: Manchester City 3-2 Sunderland

Manuel Pellegrini has suggested Frank Lampard could extend his stay at Manchester City beyond this season after the player’s precise status with the Premier League champions was thrown into confusion and he came under fire from supporters of New York City “outraged” by his decision not to join the Major League Soccer club, as agreed, in the new year.

Lampard, who scored a 73rd-minute winner in City’s 3-2 victory over Sunderland on Thursday, had initially been set to join NYC after 31 December when it was believed his loan contract at the Etihad Stadium expired. However, it has emerged that Lampard has never been on loan at City from NYC but instead signed a deal that extended beyond New Year’s Eve. The champions had to have the existing terms amended to have a break clause removed and were granted permission to do so by the Premier League on Wednesday.

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