After thirteen highly successful years at the club, England international midfielder Frank Lampard has decided to leave Chelsea this summer after coming to the end of his contract.
The 35-year-old has since been linked with a move to New York City in the MLS, but not before the current Chelsea players and boss Jose Mourinho could pay their tributes to his time at the club.
Described as an all-round midfielder with the ability to score plenty of goals, the Blues’ coach Mourinho describes Lampard as a special midfielder and doubts there is a better number 8 over the past decade.
“In terms of the players I have coached, he is my concept of the special midfield player.” He said, quoted by The Mirror.
"There are specialists like the anchor man, or the No.10 who people call ‘creative’ because he creates but he doesn’t defend. For me, Lampard is a No.6 and a No.10 - so he becomes a No.8, and he is not just the best No.8 I’ve managed, but I have not seen a better one in the last decade.”
“At the end of the day, in football the only objective is the numbers, and when you go to this man, look at the number of matches he has played, the number of goals he scored, the number of assists, the number of ball recoveries, the areas on the pitch he covered, he was the best for 10 years, not just for me.”
"I don’t see another one.”
Frank Lampard made a total of 648 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 211 goals, an average of one goal every three games.
During his time at Stamford Bridge, he won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, one Europa League and that long-awaited Champions League success in 2012.