Last week Chelsea legend and record goal scorer Frank Lampard was included on the released list handed to the Premier League by the club. His name joined the likes of Sam Hutchinson and Ashley Cole in essentially being made unemployed at the end of his current contract.
It looked like Lampard would be doing the same this time last year, only for Chelsea to perform a U-turn and decide to keep him at the club. However this time it seems he really will be leaving Stamford Bridge.
And now it seems we know his destination - as many previously expected, Lampard will play his football in the USA from March 2015.
Lampard was apparently at the Manchester City training complex along with David Villa yesterday to discuss a contract with Man City owned new MLS franchise New York City FC. The two would seemingly be the designated players for the brand new team. No official confirmation has been made - but The Mirror reported that he met with NYC FC Head Coach Jason Kreis yesterday to discuss the project and the wage cut he will no doubt have to make to join the club.
He has long admitted his fondness for The States and it was often claimed he would be on his way across the water when the time came that Chelsea no longer wanted to hand him contract extensions.
Now, aged 36, that moment has come but an exciting career in MLS now looks on the horizon.
Chelsea fans knew this day would come. Lampard is a legend at the Bridge. Since joining Chelsea for £11 million from West Ham back in 2001 he has gone on to make 648 appearances for the club scoring 211 goals but last term he managed just eight, his lowest total for the club since his second campaign in 02-03.
So the time was probably right for him to move on, but what do Chelsea fans make of the move?
Here is some reaction from Twitter...
An unbelievably consistent player and a man who will always be admired by Chelsea fans young and old. A legend of the game. #FrankLampard— Muz (@Muezli) June 1, 2014
Super Frank Lampard is on his way to the MLS! I wish him all the best but I never wanted to see him go! Forever a blue always a blue LEGEND!— georgeblythe' (@Georgee_Blythee) June 1, 2014
I don't want to live in a world where Frank Lampard isn't playing for Chelsea— Aiden (@aidensanham14) June 1, 2014
I don't think anyone quite understands how devastated I am that Frank Lampard is leaving...I've loved that man since I was 5 years old— Charley Katan (@charleykatan) June 1, 2014
Thank you Frank Lampard for everything at Chelsea over the last 13 years. Saying you've been outstanding is an understatement.— Ashley Ayre (@AshAyre1) June 1, 2014
Bye bye frank lampard, one of the greatest Chelsea players ever— Aasim Iftikhar (@CFCFOREVA) June 1, 2014