Frank Lampard has hinted that his Chelsea career may be over. He said that he is unsure of being in the club next season.
Lampard has been one of the finest players for Chelsea since his £11 million move from West Ham in 2001. His name is written in the Chelsea history books whether or not he signs new contract. But if his latest statements mean anything, it is that his career at Chelsea – as a player – maybe over.
Speak to Red magazine, he said: “I don’t know if I’ll be at Chelsea next season. I’d like to carry on for two or three more years but it would be good to end on a high. So if that means it all ends tomorrow, I wouldn’t have any regrets.”
Despite hitting 35 years last summer, Lampard was a regular feature in Chelsea’s midfield last campaign. However, he will be 36 in a few weeks and if he is going to be present in the squad, it may not be for his playing skills.
Lampard admitted that he has been aware – for the last few years – that he may eventually have to leave Chelsea as his playing career comes to a close. “You know your shelf-life, so I started to mentally prepare when I hit 30. I’ve been doing this for a long time, so there’s a part of me that’s looking forward to the future,” Lampard added.
If it is the end, Lampard can leave with his head held high. After all, he has provided more than 200 goals and countless memories in the last 13 years. £11 million? They are peanuts for such an incredible player.