It was widely believed that Lampard would be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer after 12 years in West London but having broken the club’s goal scoring record and picked up the Europa League, Lampard was awarded a new contract.
Throughout the season the midfielder had been linked with a move to Manchester United, but on talkSPORT this morning Lampard claimed that whilst he expected to leave Chelsea there was no chance he would have moved to another English club:
“I can’t imagine being anywhere else after playing for 12 years at Chelsea. I have a lot of respect for other clubs, particularly the top ones, but I couldn’t do it.
“I have always been very comfortable at Chelsea. At 27, they were offering me new contracts when I still had three years left on my contract, but they are looking to the future now. I understand that. I was caught in a bit of a transitional period and they were looking to the future and I had to convince the club I could be a part of it.
“From January to March/April of this year, I thought it would have been my last season, but I never wanted to leave and I’m delighted we got the contract done because I love being at Chelsea and if I did leave, where could I go if I left Chelsea? It would either be a step down in quality or stay at Chelsea and that has happened in the end.”
It was always a long shot that we would pick up Lampard, especially as the rumour was coupled with a supposed move for Ashley Cole. Whilst some fans entertained the idea, many opposed the fact we were linked with him due to his previous allegiances, the type of midfielder he is not being the type of midfielder we need and his age.