Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lampard: Scolari Has Got It All Wrong; (1) True Blue: Luiz Felipe Scolari Is Unveiled as Chelsea Boss Today and Said Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba Could Remain at the Club (2) On-Off Affair: Frank Lampard May Still Join Jose Mourinho at Inter

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lampard: Scolari Has Got It All Wrong; (1) True Blue: Luiz Felipe Scolari Is Unveiled as Chelsea Boss Today and Said Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba Could Remain at the Club (2) On-Off Affair: Frank Lampard May Still Join Jose Mourinho at Inter

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Byline: SIMON JOHNSON

NEW Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari appeared to be heading for hisfirst row today after claiming that Frank Lampard was committed to staying atStamford Bridge.

The club released a statement this morning revealing they had rejected anofficial approach from Inter Milan for the England midfielder.

Then speaking at his first press conference as Chelsea boss, Scolari said: "Imet Frank Lampard yesterday, we spoke for 15 minutes, and I told him that Ilike him too much as a player, as a person, and I asked him if he wants to staywith Chelsea, not only this season but for more time.

"He said he wants to stay and he wants to play for Chelsea for many years. Iwas very happy because I think that Chelsea needs Lampard and Lampard needsChelsea.

"There are minimum financial questions to solve and I think Lampard will behere more than one year." But that stance was immediately knocked down byLampard's agent Steve Kutner, who then issued a statement of his own andinsisted his client's future remains 'completely unresolved'.

Kutner said: "I'd just like to make the position clear. Felipe had a veryamicable chat with Frank who told him he always envisaged ending his careerwith Chelsea.

"He also told him unfortunately, the terms for a new contract cannot be agreeddespite discussions ongoing for two years. This means his position remainscompletely unresolved." Lampard has just one year left of his deal and talksare believed to have broken down over his salary demands and length ofcontract. Former manager Jose Mourinho admitted last week he felt Lampard wouldstay at Stamford Bridge for the coming season, but was "100 per cent" certainhe would move to Milan in 2009 when the player could join on a Bosman free.

Scolari was also adamant that Didier Drogba (right) is not for sale and added:"He is not 100 per cent part of my plans, but 200 per cent. …

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