Chelsea are performing a U-turn and are willing to hand Frank Lampard a new contract. The Mail on Sunday says faced with yet another backlash yesterday at Southampton, where Lampard scored as Chelsea crushed Saints 5-1 in their FA Cup third-round tie, sources within the club insisted that discussions had taken place to keep the 34-year-old at Stamford Bridge.

They declined to go into detail but confirmed that Lampard's £150,000-a-week salary would not be slashed as a primary condition of any new deal.

"The subject of a pay cut has never been raised nor discussed in any of the recent conversations between the club, the player or his agent," said the source.