Frank Lampard “has no agreement” with NYCFC, MLS

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Major League Soccer and New York City FC have not come forth to reveal the nature of their deal with Frank Lampard.

But the Premier League has.

In a statement to England’s “Guardian” newspaper, the Premiership shed a final and conclusive light on Lampard’s contract status, and his affiliation — or lack there of — with NYCFC.

“Frank Lampard is registered as a Manchester City player until the end of the 2014/15 season,” the statement reads. “The Premier League has sought and received assurances from Manchester City that there is no agreement in place between the Club or City Football Group with New York City FC relating to the player.”

That may be confusing to some, but it does play into the strengths of the City Football Group apparatus. CFG has taken ownership of Lampard’s destiny on a grand scale. Lampard is under a two-year deal with CFG and has dedicated his employ to Manchester City.  That would mean Manchester City has not broken any transfer rules under this arrangement.

However, there is no written guarantee for Lampard’s services to Major League Soccer or NYCFC.

It is also now clear that Manchester City, NYCFC and MLS have all mischaracterized the nature of Lampard’s deal.  He never signed a DP contract, was never on loan and was never guaranteed to start the season with NYCFC.

These revelations fly right in the face of statements made by MLS Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott, who recently told Fox Soccer’s Alexi Lalas “There is no possibility (Lampard) is not coming at all. He’ll be playing for the MLS team in 2015.”  If any assurances were made to guarantee Lampard’s arrival stateside, they certainly were not written, putting NYCFC in the exact same position they were in prior to this entire controversy.

On the other hand, Abbott did say Lampard’s contract was with City Football Group; a statement that is in line with the Premier League’s assessment.