Frank Lampard will play for Manchester City's A-League side Melbourne City in Australia next season, ahead of his move to the Etihad club's Major League Soccer franchise New York City FC.

Following confirmation of his departure from Chelsea last month - as exclusively revealed by Mirror Sport - Lampard will join David Villa in Oz for the start of the A-League season in October before the pair move to the MLS next spring, when New York City will begin play.

A deal has been agreed and an announcement is set to be made soon.

Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer, agreed his move to New York City FC at the end of May around the same time as Villa did.

The Big Apple club, howecer, do not kick off their debut campaign until March and Lampard has always maintained he has no intention of playing for another Premier League club against Chelsea.