Frank Lampard's rumored move to the Galaxy isn't happening, he told English media, claiming his time in L.A. was just vacation.
Chelsea's star midfielder watched L.A.'s Fourth of July loss to Philadelphia from a Home Depot Center luxury box with suspended David Beckham amid reports he'd been offered a two-year contract worth $20 million to join the Galaxy. He's been linked to the club since last year.
“There's nothing in that at all,” he told The Sun, a British tabloid. “I'm here in Los Angeles on holiday with Christine [Bleakley, my fiancee]. We got engaged here last year, and we love it over here. [Agent Steve Kutner is] over here on music and football business. He organized a box so we could go to see the Galaxy game.
“Becks was suspended for the match, so he came and sat with us, and we had a good laugh -- that's all.”
Lampard, 34, has a contract with the European champions through next summer, and he said he was “really looking forward to getting back to Chelsea” after missing Euro 2012 with a thigh strain. “Maybe missing the Euros was a blessing in disguise for me. I had a full summer off, and I'm ready to go back to start the hard work for the new season.”