Chelsea Update - Frank Lampard

 

Frank Lampard, John Terry - FC Chelsea

Chelsea Update - Frank Lampard

“Maybe things don’t last forever,’’ Lampard sighed.

Lampard is 34, a high-earner in the age of financial fair play, not guaranteed a starting place and they have alternatives for the midfield base in John Obi Mikel, Ramires, Oriol Romeu, and David Luiz. 

“Lamps, We want you to stay,” sang fans.

Lampard draws crowds and sells shirts. 

“I feel I have two or three years in me – at least – at the top level.’’

“The ball is in Chelsea’s court. At the minute nothing has been said. Nothing has been planned. Talks about ‘a one-year extension’ or ‘two-year extension’ don’t exist. Maybe things don’t last forever.

“Although I want it to last forever you have to be big enough to know what it is. I want to be involved. That’s my character.

“Whatever happens, I’ve had a great time at Chelsea. I feel like I’ve had a good year particularly from where we were in February to playing what I like to think was a big part in winning the Champions League and FA Cup.

"Not just myself. Obviously Didier Drogba played the biggest part. We were the players who were out a little bit under Andre Villas-Boas and came back in and made a difference. I am determined to play a few more years.”

“They were loud,’’ he smiled. “Chelsea fans have always been amazing for me and the team. It’s a small contingent, about 1,100, who’ve had a long way to come, but they put their hands in their pocket to come over here and that’s fantastic.’’

“What is Chelsea?’’ reflected Lampard. “Chelsea is the fans. You have to respect how they feel, you have to respect Roberto, and at the same respect that Rafa is going to try to do the best job he can at Chelsea.”

Lampard acknowledged Luiz’s rise.

“He did well,’’ said Lampard. “It’s not easy playing in a different position. I wouldn’t fancy playing centre-back too much. It’s different fitness levels in midfield to defending.

"The same as if you play on the wing. If I play on the wing I’m knackered after five minutes!’’

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