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MLS boss Don Garber would welcome Chelsea's Frank Lampard to the USA

Frank Lampard: Would be welcomed with open arms to the MLS

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been made aware that he would be welcomed with open arms should he move to the MLS.

The 34-year-old has entered the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge and speculation suggests he could bring to an end an 11-year association with the Blues next summer.

A lucrative switch to the United States has been mooted and Garber admits there would be no shortage of suitors were he to become available, with the Los Angeles Galaxy already said to be keen.

He said: "Frank Lampard's a great player. He has a great history with the sport.

"If he decides he wants to play in Major League Soccer, I'm sure any club would be happy to have him on their roster.

Garber claims to be unaware of any approaches having already been made for Lampard's services and has confirmed that he would be involved in any negotiations because a deal would require the England international to be exempt from the MLS salary cap.

He added: "Frank would probably fall in the 'Designated Player' category.

"That's a discussion that starts with ownership at local level, and the league certainly would be involved at some point. But a local team owner would have to decide that they would want him on their team."