Frank Lampard has announced that he is leaving Chelsea. A star player for the Premier League outfit for 13 years, it is now time for the 35-year-old to part company with the club with whom he won 13 major titles.
One of the greatest players of all time, the England international midfielder has perhaps not always got the recognition on the world stage that he deserves. However, Lampard is one of the very few players in any era who remained consistent throughout their careers.
Even in his mid-30s while playing for a Jose Mourinho-led Chelsea side replete with quality midfielders, Lampard managed to make 20 Premier League starts, demonstrating that he was still an important player for the Blues.
However, with Chelsea set to embark on a mission to conquer both England and Europe next season, it was time for them to bid farewell to Lampard, who is now reportedly on his way to Major League Soccer’s new club New York City FC. Former Blues striker Tony Cascarino has backed the ex-West Ham United star’s decision to make his bow out of Stamford Bridge and believes that his decision was perfectly timed.
‘Frank has achieved a hell of a lot - the goal record, appearances, 13 years at the club’, he told Sky Sports News. ‘I think it's great timing... Frank needs to be playing on a regular basis and he was in and out of the team last year, still valuable to Chelsea, but next year it would be less and less games for Chelsea’.
Lampard’s importance at Chelsea had dwindled over the last few years, and the midfielder is still keen on playing regular football. New York City will not feature in the MLS until March 2015 so it will be interesting to see which club Lampard plays for the first half of the 2014-15 campaign.
There have been suggestions that Manchester City could sign Lampard on loan from his prospective American outfit, as the two clubs share the same owners. But will Lampard agree to that? Only time will tell.