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Lampard ends speculation by deal

Published on Feb 13, 2013 5:54 AM
Chelsea's English midfielder Frank Lampard acknowledges cheers from the crowd during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge in London on Feb 9, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - England international midfielder Frank Lampard is set to put pen to paper but, before Chelsea fans sigh with relief, it is to write five children's books, it was announced on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old - whose current deal expires in the summer and who has not been offered a new one - said that he first got the idea when he was reading stories to his children.

The stories will follow the adventures of a school boy, Frankie, his football-loving friends, and pet dog Max. Lampard said the stories were "loosely based on friends and team mates".

"I first had the idea of Frankie and his Magic Football when reading stories to my own children," he said in a statement. "Sport and reading are two essentials for us at home, so I decided to make up my own football stories and adventures."

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