Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has said that new loan signing Frank Lampard will have to fight for his position in the team.
The Chilean boss confirmed on Saturday that former Chelsea midfielder Lampard would be joining City on a short-term loan deal until December.
Lampard agreed a move to City’s franchise New York City FC earlier this summer but they are not due to take part in Major League Soccer until 2015, thus allowing the English midfielder to make the move to City.
His move echoes that of Spanish striker David Villa, who also agreed to join New York but will play in Australia until next January.
Pellegrini discussed the move and said that Lampard will have to fight for his position in the side along with the likes of Fernandinho, Yaya Toure and new signing Fernando.
“As you know Frank has signed a contract with New York City and will start working here in January as the season starts in March,” he told reporters.
“From next Wednesday he will start working with our team and will play for us until then. At the moment he will work with the squad and be a member of the squad. He will fight for a position.
“He knows we have a very good team, we have a lot of players in his position. He is one player more. We have a lot of games particularly with the Champions League – so he’s very important for our team.”