Frank Lampard signs new deal... to write children's books | inside World Soccer

England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has signed a deal with a publisher to write his own series of children's books.

Frank Lampard has signed a new deal, however it's not the one fans of Chelsea will have been hoping for
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The 34-year-old, whose contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season, will pen five books, called "Frankie's Magic Football", aimed at youngsters aged five and over.

The deal with publishers Little Brown will see the release of stories which follow the adventures of school boy Frankie, his football-loving friends, and pet dog Max.

"I first had the idea of Frankie and his Magic Football when reading stories to my own children," Lampard said in a statement.

"Sport and reading are two essentials for us at home, so I decided to make up my own football stories and adventures.

"The characters are loosely based on friends and team mates I've played with over the years.

"I am delighted that Little Brown liked the stories as much as my children and will be publishing the Frankie's Magic Football series."

The first book in the series will be called "Frankie versus the Pirate Pillagers" and released in June 2013.

Two more titles, "Frankie versus the Rowdy Romans" and "Frankie versus the Mummy's Menace," are scheduled for 2013, and two more are slated for early 2014.

The publishing deal was handled by Neil Blair and Zoe King, who also represent "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling.

Lampard, who is considered one of the most intelligent footballers around and is believed to have an IQ of 150, is not the first footballer to write fiction.

Arsenal star Theo Walcott has written a series of children's books and former England manager Terry Venables co-wrote a series of crime novels.


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