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Friday 06 January 2012

Ferguson cools Lampard rumours

Man Utd boss says Chelsea will want to keep their best players for second half of season

Lampard (right) is one of the most experienced players in Premier League history

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has played down rumours of a a possible move for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard.

Reports have linked Lampard, 33, with a move to Old Trafford, but at a news conference on Friday Ferguson said there was no way the move would go ahead.

"There's no foundation in that. Chelsea want to do something in the second half of the season so they want to keep their best players," said Ferguson.

Lampard has made 509 Premier League appearances for Chelsea and West Ham, scoring 149 times.

United have suffered back-to-back defeats against Blackburn and Newcastle United and face a difficult FA Cup tie against neighbours and Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

But Ferguson said he would not be rushing into a panic signing after the rare blip in results.

"What can you get in January?" he said.

"The players we'd like, we can't get. If the alternative is to sign a second-rate player, we don't want to do that.

"Our injuries have led to fans wanting us to sign someone but I don't want to sign a player who won't get a game when everyone's fit because he's not good enough."

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Key Points

  • Man Utd boss refutes suggestion of a move for Chelsea's Lampard
  • Says Blues will not want to sell star midfielder
  • Boss refusing to make panic signing after defeats