It is quite clear this season that Frank Lampard is not a first-team pick at Chelsea, with Andre Villas-Boas opting to keep the midfielder on the bench for several games, something which has led to suggestions that the England man might seek a move to pastures new.
The latest reports suggest that Manchester United could be interested in landing Lampard and giving him a new lease of life at Old Trafford, although Sir Alex Ferguson poured water on this suggestion during a recent press conference.
“You are not going to tell me Chelsea would sell Frank Lampard to Manchester United in January. Do you really believe that?” said Ferguson.
“There is no foundation to that.
“Chelsea are like us. They want to do something. The second half of the season is going to be important to them.
“If they want to try and win the league they will need to have all their best players.”
Ferguson is clearly not a big fan of the January window, despite the fact that Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic were both signed during this time.
“The thing is, what can you get in January?” he said.
“I have said this all the time. The players who are available that we would like, we won’t get.
“What do you do? Do you take a second-rate player? No, of course you don’t.
“The injury situation has accelerated a lot of our fans into saying we will have to get someone.
“I would rather stick with the ones I have got than bring someone in who ends up not having a game anyway because they are not good enough.”