Former Chelsea star backs "legendary" Lampard's MLS switch

Former Chelsea defender Michael Duberry has hailed Frank Lampard and backed his possible switch to Major League Soccer.

Lampard has confirmed that he will be leaving Chelsea after 13 years with the Blues and his next move looks set to be in the USA with MLS club New York City, who join the league next season.

Former Chelsea centre-back Duberry believes that the appeal of a "new challenge" in America will excite Chelsea's all time leading goalscorer, and has backed him to make the switch rather than staying in England.

"I can't see him at another Premier League club, I don’t think he would want to tarnish that rapport he has with Chelsea fans. He’d get a great reception coming back to Stamford Bridge, no doubt, but I don’t think he would want to do that."

“Major League Soccer might give him a new challenge as he’ll be a part something growing again, like he was at Chelsea at the start of the Roman Abramovich era. It would be a new way of life for him and his family. All those elements add to the excitement," Duberry said speaking to talkSPORT.

Lampard has won 13 trophies in as many years in West London, making 648 appearances on the way and will be remembered as a legend at the club.

“The word legend is overused in football but Frank Lampard truly deserves that tag alongside his name."

“He is great player and what he has done for Chelsea and England is unbelievable. His record speaks for itself and every accolade he gets he deserves," Duberry added.

Reports suggest that the 35-year-old has already agreed to join New York City, who have already announced the signing of David Villa earlier this week.

The new franchise are co-owned by the New York Yankees and Manchester City and will join MLS in March 2015 for their debut season.

Lampard would join the club as a designated player, and MLS clubs are allowed three of these players in their squad who's wages do not come under salary-cap rules.

Villa has already joined and Lampard is widely expected to make the move across the Atlantic with the Spaniard after the World Cup, if not before.

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