Frank Lampard is set for a sensational return to English football with Manchester City just months after leaving Chelsea.
According to the Daily Mail, the Englishman, who recently moved to Major League Soccer (MLS) with Manchester City-owned club New York City FC in the USA, will return to England with the intention signing a six-month loan deal with the Premier League champions.
MLS teams are currently in their off-season and Lampard plans to return to the UK to train and keep fit before the American league restarts in January. However, Man City have other ideas and are looking to name the former Chelsea star in their squad for the upcoming Premier League and the Champions League campaigns.
During his unveiling in New York last week, Lampard had indicated that he wants to train with a club to remain fit, as he was keen to get in the mix of things as soon as the MLS pre-season begins
"I will have to keep fit. I'll have to train at the very top level, whether that's on my own or with a club somewhere, I'll have to see," Lampard said, as quoted in the Daily Mail.
"Of course I'll keep fit and make sure my levels don't drop too much. When we come here for pre-season I want to be ready to go. I want to fly out of the blocks. I don't want to come out sluggish," the England international added.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea and current Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was surprised at first and then disappointed when told of Lampard's loan move to Manchester.
"I didn't know this. I'm really surprised because I thought he was coming here to play in USA," Ancelotti said.
"Its too late for me to take him to Madrid, but I'm really happy for Frank as I have a good memory of him. I wish him luck. He's a good signing for Man City."
Lampard, who spent 13 years at Stamford Bridge is sure to upset a few fans, if he takes the field when Citizens face the Blues on 21 September in the Premier League.