Friends of Frank Lampard have told how he will propose to his TV presenter love Christine Bleakley within the next six weeks – before the start of the new football season.
The couple have been dating for the past eight months, but the Chelsea midfielder, 32, is said to be planning his moment to pop the question, especially as Miss Bleakley, 31, has proved a hit with his father, Frank senior.
One source told the Mail: ‘Frank has told his closest friends that Christine is absolutely the girl for him.
‘The thing that has clinched it for him is that his dad, Frank Snr, loves Christine and has told Frank that his beloved mum Pat, who died two years ago, would have loved her too.
‘All bets are on that they will be engaged by the start of the football season, which kicks off properly in the second week of August.’
The friend added: ‘Frank will be thrown back into football, while Christine is going to be extremely busy as she will launch ITV’s new breakfast show in September– so expect a wedding next summer.’
Miss Bleakley has appeared to be tight-knight with the Lampard clan after joining her multi-millionaire lover on holiday with his cousin, former footballer Jamie Redknapp and his wife Louise.
However, the former One Show host managed to lure Lampard away yesterday as they hired a small boat to ferry them around the Costa Smeralda.
And passions were running high as Miss Bleakley, who flaunted her model figure in a small bandeau bikini, and Lampard could not stop kissing each other as they took a dip in the clear waters.
For Lampard, this is the first serious relationship he has had since a bitter break-up with Elen Rives, the mother of his two young daughters, Luna, four, and three-year-old Isla, in February 2009.