PHOTO: Lampard welcomed to New York with huge Times Square sign

The ex Chelsea midfielder left London for the first time in his club career, but New York looks like being just as much of an adventure.

Frank Lampard got a giant welcome upon his arrival in New York, literally.

It's a popular saying that the US does things bigger and better than anywhere else, and if you're looking for one city to really take the biscuit, look no further than New York.

And so former Chelsea midfielder Lampard would have found out, with New York City FC putting up a huge sign in Times Square welcoming the England international to the Big Apple.

Lampard left the Blues this summer after a 13-year spell at the club, which saw the Stamford Bridge outfit win a multitude of trophies, and the player himself become one of the best midfielders in the world. He surprised many by following in the footsteps of England's greatest export, David Beckham, by crossing the Atlantic to try his hand in the MLS with New York City.

Now 35, Lampard was vice-captain for England at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, though admitted during his unveiling in New York that he will be assessing whether he would continue his career for his country, or bow out like fellow Three Lions legend Steven Gerrard.

New York City, owned via a joint venture between Manchester City and the New York Yankies, will enter the MLS in March next year, and with Lampard and World Cup winner David Villa set to join their maiden campaign, they promise to be a big deal in the Americas.

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