Since the departure of Jose Mourinho earlier this season, there has been a breeze of speculation on the future of some Chelsea players – and one of those is Frank Lampard. The England midfielder hasn’t quite been at the top of his game and there has one or two reports suggesting that he is heading for the exit door at Stamford Bridge.
But Lampard has now come out and has publicly declared that he is in no mood to change the Chelsea shirt for any other colours. He told the London Evening Standard that he is immensely happy at the Bridge and wouldn’t like to move.
This is what he said to the Standard, as picked up by the BBC:
”I want to stay at this club for the rest of my career. I do not think I would receive the love I get from the Chelsea fans anywhere else. I would love another six or seven years of it. On a scale of one to 10, Chelsea is a 10 for me in terms of importance. Everyone around me knows how much Chelsea means to me. In my life my family comes first but Chelsea comes second. I’m at a club I love and living in an area I love. Nothing has changed since the club and I decided that we wouldn’t talk until the end of the season. But I don’t want the fans to think there is anything sinister about it because I’m desperate to get it done.
”I see that Peter Osgood is on 150 goals for the club and I’d love to get to that level. I think I will carry on playing until I am around 35. I like to think I’m pretty fit and don’t rely on pace to get me through a game. Plus I will keep improving the more experience I get.
Lampard, 29, had come under intense speculation in December when Italian press reports virtually confirmed that he had agreed to join Italian Serie A giants Juventus in the summer for a massive salary. Lampard has 18 months left on his contract with Chelsea and doubts on him remaining at the Bridge had been fuelled by his delay in negotiating a new contract. But Lampard says he doesn’t want to get distracted from winning trophies with Chelsea this season and that is why he has ignored any contract talks at the moment.
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