Pellegrini: Lampard stay a proud moment for Manchester City

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has praised Frank Lampard as one of the Premier League's best players ahead of his final game at the Etihad Stadium.

Frank Lampard will bring the curtain down on his Premier League career this weekend after scoring 176 goals in 608 appearances to date.

The ex-West Ham United, Chelsea and England midfielder will feature for Manchester City this weekend versus Southampton.

Lampard has been a positive influence during his short stint with the Manchester club, making 37 appearances and scoring seven goals in the process.

At the time, after just leaving Chelsea and agreeing a deal with New York City FC of the MLS, it came as a shock to see Lampard togged out in a City strip last summer, but Jose Mourinho felt his time at Stamford Bridge had come to an end.

The 35-year-old, without hesitation, would have spent the year at Chelsea if the offer was on the table, but that was not the case and Lampard, therefore, missed out on another opportunity to add to his Premier League medal collection.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini is pleased with Lampard's impact at the Etihad Stadium, though, and believes he is one of the Premier League's most important players.

"[I'm] very pleased," said Pellegrini on the club’s official website.

"I think Frank is one of the most important players in Premier League history.

"His career is brilliant, he's a great professional and I think he's been a proud moment for this team to have him here playing for the season.

"I'm sure he will be important for New York City. He's a very good player with a lot of experience and a very good professional."

Manchester City have secured second spot in the Premier League, but have surrendered their crown once again after just one year on top. Lampard would have undoubtedly enjoyed leaving England's top-flight as a champion for the fourth time, but he will still have plenty of positives to look back on when he packs his bags for the United States.

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