Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is in the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge. Rumour has it that he could be off to the States next season where he would be welcomed with open arms but is he too good to be playing MLS standard football?
Frank Lampard remains one of the best midfield players at Chelsea despite the influx of youth which has just come into the club. He has played six games for Chelsea in the league this season scoring every other game to prove he is still one of the very best goalscoring midfielders around. Suggestions exist that Lampard could opt out at the end of this season and do a David Beckham by singing a big money deal over in the United States to play Major League Soccer.
Lampard has been a Chelsea boy since 2001 and he has made just under 600 appearances for the club in all competitions. His consistency during this spell has been remarkable and were he not to sign on at Chelsea after this season, there would no doubt be a few high profile European clubs in for him who would offer higher quality football than the MLS.
The size and scale of Lampard’s experience is clear for all to see and he may harbour aspirations deep down to become a coach over the next few years which would be aided by his decision to stay in England or in Europe. There is no doubt that the MLS is appealing in terms of both money and lifestyle but Lampard is now of the age where he needs to be thinking about life after football and he would no doubt be better positioned if he stays in England despite interest from America.
“Frank Lampard’s a great player. He has a great history with the sport. If he decides he wants to play in Major League Soccer, I'm sure any club would be happy to have him on their roster. Frank would probably fall in the 'Designated Player' category,” said MLS boss Don Garber.
This is not a new angle that older players take. Many players in the past have gone over to America in the later stages of their careers when they have been looking to become one of the better players in a side and perhaps re-capture some of the glory they had in their younger days.
However, the point is that Lampard could easily do a Ryan Giggs or a Paul Scholes. He is fit enough and good enough to play at Premier League and Champions League level for another few seasons, it’s just a case of whether he wants to do that at Chelsea. England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France would all be possible destinations for Lampard.
In a similar way to when Beckham went to the MLS, it would be a shame to see such a high quality English player not playing in England or at least in Europe. Lampard is far too good to move to a lower quality league on another continent. It comes down to personal preference and the journey he’s looking to take.