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Lampard: Abraham’s form unrelated to contract situation

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Frank Lampard believes Tammy Abraham’s recent goal-drought is not a result of prolonged contract negotiations with Chelsea.

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has struggled to maintain his good form in the last few games after enjoying a sensational rise to prominence this season.

Abraham has found the back of the net 13 times in the Premier League so far, with his last goal coming during a 3-0 victory against Burnley on January 11.

Currently on a nine-game goal drought, the striker, as a result, has often played second fiddle to more experienced Olivier Giroud in recent times.

It was reported that he was close to signing a new deal, but any official news over his extension is yet to arrive. Meanwhile, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Fikayo Tomori, and Reece James all agreed to new terms this season.

Frank Lampard says the club are not yet on a ‘critical level’ regarding a contract extension for the 22-year old, who has less than two years left on his current one.

“We are not at a critical level with Tammy’s contract. I will leave that between him and the club to discuss,” the official club website quotes Lampard.

“If it is in his mind now then it shouldn’t be. What needs to be in his mind now is these games we have coming up and how much he can give us on the pitch, whether he’s coming on as a sub or starting games. He has had a really good season.”