Manuel Pellegrini hopes Frank Lampard’s future at Manchester City will be resolved “within the next few days.”
The midfielder, 36, is on loan from sister club New York City until January but City will want to keep him for longer period and possibly negotiate a deal that will last until the end of the season.
“I repeat, Frank is very important for our team so I hope he will stay here,” said Pellegrini on Tuesday.
Lampard has scored six goals in 15 appearances for Pellegrini’s side and has become a popular figure at the Etihad Stadium.
With the Premier League champions set to lose Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure to the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in January, the Chilean boss would want to hold on to the former Chelsea midfielder as backup.
However, New York begin their pre-season training in January ahead of their maiden campaign in the next year’s Major League Soccer (MLS) season.
Pelegrini believes City are not on the verge of upsetting the emerging soccer club, borne out of its partnership with the American Baseball franchise New York Yankees.
“That’s why we have long conversation with all of them,” Pelegrini explained.
“That is just one club so I think that what is better for the club is better for all the clubs.
“I hope Frank’s situation will be received in the next days. I said in the beginning it will be during December we are going to have the last decision.”