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Chelsea Wrestling With Lampard Decision

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Welcome to the strange case of Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard.

Lampard will become a free agent when his contract expires at the end of the season. A few weeks later, he turns 35. He's one of the club's highest-paid players, with a reported salary of more than $10 million. And given that Chelsea is likely to embark on another rebuilding campaign by hiring a new manager this summer—the current boss, Rafa Benitez, still has the word interim in his job title—it might make sense to shed Lampard and his contract.

On the other hand, Lampard isn't only one of the club's most popular players but also one of the most durable over the past 12 years. A goal-scoring midfielder, he has reached double...

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