After 13 seasons at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is moving on to pastures new, signing a two-year deal with MLS expansion side New York City FC, who are set for their top-flight debut in in 2015.
Becoming the second big summer move for the club, after the recent signing of Spanish striker David Villa, Lampard is the latest star name to hop across the Atlantic, following the likes of David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane, Tim Cahill, Clint Dempsey, Jermain Defoe and Kaka in opting to help grow the US game.
First moving to Chelsea from boyhood side West Ham United in 2001, the 36-year-old scored a club record 211 times in 648 games with the Blues, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League in 2013.
Leaving at the end of last season after the expiration of his contract, Lampard departs has a verifiable club legend and global icon, with fans back in England disappointed to see him go, and those in States excited about the prospect of the 106-times capped England international strutting his stuff on their domestic scene.
Here’s what those on both side of the pond had to say after the midfielder’s official NYCFC unveiling:
Don't need 140 characters to express what Lampard means to a Chelsea fan. Just need these 6 - Legend. You will be missed. #cfc— Udit (@OnlyWayIsJose) July 24, 2014
Goodbye Frank Lampard, Say what you want about Chelsea but you cant disrespect what that man has won and what hes done for football #CFC— Joshua Murphy (@JoshyMurphy) July 24, 2014