Manchester City have confirmed midfielder Frank Lampard has extended his loan spell till the end of the season.
The 36-year-old was released by his former club Chelsea at the end of the last season. He joined New York City FC in the summer and then returned to the Premier League, joining the Premier League champions on a short loan spell.
The former England international was set to return to the US when the Major League Soccer (MLS) season starts in March. However, Lampard has extended his stay till the end of the season.
A statement on City's official website read, "Manchester City can confirm that it has extended Frank Lampard's contract up to the end of Manchester City's season, enabling his continued participation in both domestic and European campaigns."
Lampard has already scored four goals and managed one assist in 14 league matches so far this season. Out of those four goals, one was against Chelsea, which avoided the west London club taking away three points from the Etihad earlier in the season.
Meanwhile, New York City FC director Claudio Reyna claims Lampard's loan extension was not a surprise to him and is confident the former Chelsea star will be able to give his best once he returns to the MLS.
"Frank is a star and it is no surprise that Manchester City is rewarded by his contributions on the field every single day," Reyna explained.
"He is eager to get to New York once his commitment ends in England and will be available to play on arrival as a permanent member of the squad given he will come to us having played at the highest level."
"We are all committed to making sure we build a winning team and that our fans get to enjoy great soccer at every single game."
"The opportunities open in the immediate transfer window combined with our recent successful draft ensure that we can continue to assemble a world class team that will make New York City soccer fans proud," the New York City FC director added.