Stamford Bridge veteran to leave in the summer.
John Terry has told Chelsea to retire Frank Lampard’s No 8 shirt in tribute to the departing star.
Despite the pleas of Chelsea fans who are desperate for the veteran midfielder to stay, owner Roman Abramovich is refusing to hand him a new deal beyond his existing contract that expires in the summer.
And Chelsea captain Terry, who has lifted every major club trophy at the club alongside Lampard, has called on his number to be retired.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Retiring shirts is not all that much of a common occurrence in England, though more prevalent on the continent, and it seems unlikely Chelsea will consider such an act as to do so would presumably set a precedent.
There is of course no doubting the impact Frank Lampard has had since his move to Stamford Bridge and as his Chelsea career nears its end there will be many wondering whether the Blues are wise to allow the veteran to leave the club considering he is still very capable of being of great use.
The 34 year old struck an expert brace to help Chelsea past Everton last month and still has a lot to offer but is set to leave after 12 years of service to the club.
Lazio and Inter Milan are the latest sides to take an interest in the England international, who’s contract ends this summer.
Lampard sits fourth in Chelsea’s all-time most appearances list having played 576 times for the club and has scored the third most goals in the process, netting 192 times.
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