I'm not going to give Sam Wallace (The Independent, Dec 16) the pleasure of reposting his ridiculous article, but why is it that journos cannot simply understand that Lampard may well stay at City until the MLS season actually starts? NYCFC is going to be training in Manchester. Lampard is going to be training in Manchester. The big difference is, Lampard will not need a pre-season, as he will be deep into the most physically demanding league in the world and plenty match fit! Yaya will be at AFCON for a bit and Lampard, who will not need a pre-season, will spend that time covering for him at MCFC, while his new team will be wearing their runners to get fit and not their studs in the hurly burly that is the Premier League. Why is this so difficult to understand? And, why is everyone making out like this is somehow some perversion of the loan system? Chelsea have teams of players out on loan and didn't want to offer Lampard a contract and then loan him out, so CFG did. End of. It really is pathetic and beyond the level of the most rudimentary comprehension of real life to suggest that either MCFC or NYCFC are going to have any issues with him playing at MCFC, and the manner in which supposed sports journos are making it an issue is approaching absurdity.