Veteran midfielder feels he made the right call.
Chelsea star Frank Lampard has said that he made the right decision to stay at the club for another year instead of heading out into the sunset by joining a Major League Soccer club over the summer, Sky Sports reports.
The 35-year-old looked all set for an exit from Stamford Bridge at the end of last season as he contract under interim boss Rafa Benitez wound down.
However, returning boss Jose Mourinho made sure to offer him a one year extension, citing him as an ever important part of his plans for the club and thus ensuring Lampard had a fair shot at making it to the World Cup with England next year.
And Lampard is convinced that remaining with the Premier League outfit was the best call for his career, with there a desire on his part to compete at the top level for as long as possible under coaches who believe in him.
“I certainly think I made the right decision to stay at Chelsea and in the Premier League,” he said.
“It wasn’t a big secret I wanted to stay anyway, it was just a case of trying to play my best and make sure that happened.
“Fortunately enough it did and I haven’t looked back. I’m very pleased to be working under the manager again because he’s been brilliant for me and my career. I’ll never forget that.
“If I hadn’t have been at Chelsea then Champions League nights wouldn’t have been possible and possibly England, either.
“Roy Hodgson was very good with me because he knew things were up in the air.
“Ideally he wanted me in the Premier League. He wasn’t forceful but it’s not rocket science – if you’re playing in the best league in the world then you obviously give yourself the best chance of being picked.
“Jose has always said about me trusting him and him trusting me and we have a decent relationship. I’m just trying to stay fit and contribute.”
But he also admitted that he does not know what the future holds beyond the end of his current deal and has insisted that his focus is solely on the future.
“I’ve got no idea when we might talk about my contract.
“I’m taking each game, each month and each season as it comes these days, as you get older, so no rush at all.”