Do you hear that? It's the transfer rumor train getting ready to pull out of the station! That's right folks, as the winter transfer window looms closer, we'll start to see more rumors. Who knows if any will pan out, but alas we here at Managing Madrid would be not doing our job if we did not report on such things.
Who knows what the New Year will bring--maybe another striker? Or how about this one, from The Sun -- yeah the Sun. Take it with a grain of salt as The Sun is about as reliable as Marca can be, but it seems that Jose Mourhino (according to the The Sun) would like to bring current Chelsea FC, England International and bench warmer Frank Lampard to the Bernabeu.
Lampard has already started whining to the press about the lack of playing time he's received since Mou's protege Andres Villas-Boas was hired to take over the reigns at Stamford Bridge--this after a lights out perfect season at FC Porto. Lamps really isn't fitting in with the new boss, as he's elected to go with a bit of younger talent in the midfield. According to Lampard, he's got plenty left to give in his 33-year-old tank.
"I want to play, simple as that," Lampard told BBC Sport. "I'm as fit as I've ever been. I've been in a good run of form and now I've not been playing. I haven't spoken [to Villas-Boas] so I don't know [why], simple as that."
"I want to play," he added. "If I didn't, there wouldn't be any point turning up, so maybe there's a bit of frustration because of that. I just want to play and I like to play well. I'm always at my best when I'm playing regularly. I know I've got a lot to give. I just want to be on the pitch and let the football do the talking."
Mourinho tried to entice Lampard to come to Inter Milan when he left Chelsea FC. Frank wanted to remain loyal to Chelsea and at one time hoped to end his career there. Now that's not looking like it'll happen. One of the major problems I see with this, besides the fact he's getting a bit long in the tooth, is where would he fit in? He would almost have to be guaranteed that he would get a consistent spot in the first choice IX.
Also, lets not forget that we really have a glut of midfielders, and while it's true some have fallen out of form, would it be enough to bench them in favor of a 33-year-old who may or may not have something left in the tank? I'm a supporter of both clubs, so it's hard for me to see to clearly on this.
The Chelsea fan in me doesn't care and thinks he really does need to be shown the door -- the Madrid fan in me is not sure that Frank Lampard as a Madrid player is that hot of an idea either. Mou has tried to obtain his services in the past, so it's not out of the realm of possibility that he may try again.
What do you think? Vote in the poll and leave your comments below, because I'm still not sure either way. Then again, this could all be for nothing -- like I mentioned, it's The Sun that's reporting this news in the first place, so it's not really clear that this is even being discussed by Jose and his coaching staff.