NYCFC Notes: Lampard’s salary revealed, fiancee not moving to New York, Mendoza cut, more

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New York City FC are paying a hefty fee for Frank Lampard.

According to SI.com, the Chelsea legend and soon-to-be former Manchester City midfielder will be amongst Major League Soccer’s $6 million club, earning a base salary of $6 million dollars in his 1.5 year contract.

Lampard’s salary puts him at the upper echelon of MLS earners, alongside teammate David Villa ($6 million), Michael Bradley ($6 million) and Orlando City’s Kaka ($6.6 million).  The salary of other Designated Players, including Toronto’s Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco and the Galaxy’s Steven Gerrard, have not been officially made public due to the ongoing, behind the scenes finalization of the new CBA deal.

Lampard, 37, was the subject of controversy during the team’s offseason. Presented as a member of New York City FC last summer, Lampard was revealed to have never signed a deal with the club. Instead, his contract was with Manchester City where he was presumed on loan from the MLS side. When Lampard extended his deal through July, it was revealed he was never officially signed to NYCFC, causing quite an uproar in American soccer circles.

Eventually, that was corrected with a new deal that brings the longtime English midfielder to the shores of the United States.

And not a moment to soon. NYCFC have looked every bit an expansion club since the second week of the season, succumbing to a 1-6-3 record. They are currently mired in an eight match winless run.

LAMPARD FIANCEE NOT MAKING NY MOVE

Christine Bleakley, the lovely wife of Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, broke her silence over a potential move stateside.

“I’m not going to be moving to New York,” she tells England’s Express. “Frank will be going, and that’s absolutely the truth, but we’re not packing furniture – we’ll be keeping our home in London.”

She has, however, been involved with the house-hunting process for Lampard’s future New York apartment. As the publication states, the pair have looked into a “palatial” 9,000 squarefoot home within the City.

NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES:

  • Andres Mendoza Put On Waivers: In a release late Tuesday evening, New York City FC quietly cut ties with Andres Mendoza, placing the defender on waivers. The Ecuadorian centerback, nicknamed “Belleza” for his style of play, never cracked a starting XI for NYCFC despite their depth deficiency at the spot this season. In fact, head coach Jason Kreis protected Mendoza from the limelight, citing the need for “time, patience and development” to ease the defender into the league. While he made appearances at the USL level, it wasn’t enough to keep Mendoza with the club.
  • Kreis On Team Mentality Ahead Of Chicago Match: “We’re all still believing and we’re all working hard to still prove this.”