Frank Lampard reportedly rejected an approach from MK Dons to discuss their vacant manager’s position to focus instead on playing on for at least another year.
The former Chelsea midfielder announced this week that he is leaving New York City FC after almost two years under contract in MLS, with an announcement on his next move expected “very soon”.
MK Dons parted company with Karl Robinson and it emerged on Thursday that Steven Gerrard has held preliminary talks with the League One club over taking over.
Gerrard also revealed this week that he would be leaving MLS after a spell with LA Galaxy, with both former England midfielders contacted by Dons.
But unlike Gerrard, ESPNFC claim Lampard rejected their advances and the 38-year-old is instead considering offers to continue his playing career.
Reports this week suggested Chelsea wanted to bring their record goalscorer back to Stamford Bridge in a coaching, mentoring or ambassadorial role, but Lampard’s desire to play on looks set to delay any return to the club.
Lampard spoke last month about his desire to manager Chelsea one day, but the midfielder admits he has struggled to find the time to complete his coaching badges while he is committed to playing.