Football By Joe Crilly

Messi To City? End Of The Road For Lampard?

It has been reported that Lionel Messi may allow his contract to run down until its expiry in 2018, William Hill still think he will remain at Barcelona, offering 8/11 that he stays at his current club for the start of the 2018/19 season. With former manager, Pep Guardiola at the helm at Manchester City, Messi is 4/1 to join the Citizens and 6/1 to head to Chelsea or PSG.

“It has often been queried as to whether Messi could handle a cold, rainy night in Stoke and while it looks as though he will stay at Barca, should he opt for a change of scenery, we could well find out,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

Frank Lampard has announced he is to leave New York City, after their humbling against Toronto in the MLS semi-finals and William Hill think it could be time for him to final hang up his boots. He is 4/7 to retire (5/4 not to).

Lionel Messi’s club on the first day of the 2018/19 season: 8/11 Barcelona; 4/1 Manchester City; 6/1 Chelsea; 6/1 PSG; 14/1 Bayern Munich; 14/1 Manchester United; 16/1 Liverpool; 16/1 Any Chinese Super League side; 20/1 Juventus; 25/1 Arsenal; 25/1 Any MLS side; 33/1 Boca Juniors; 33/1 River Plate; 33/1 Atletico Madrid; 33/1 AC Milan; 33/1 Internazionale; 33/1 Real Madrid; 40/1 Newell’s Old Boys; 40/1 Flamengo; 40/1 Santos; 40/1 Corinthians; 50/1 San Lorenzo; 50/1 Any UAE side; 50/1 Any Qatar side

Will Frank Lampard announce his retirement from playing football before playing another competitive fixture: 4/7 yes; 5/4 no