LAMPARD COULD BE SET FOR SHOCK RETURN TO CHELSEA
Chelsea will offer Club Legend Frank Lampard a shock return to Stamford Bridge after the former England midfielder confirmed his departure from New York City.
The 38-year-old has spent two years in MLS but will leave the club to begin the next chapter of his career.
Lampard is yet to decide whether to carry on playing but if he does hang up his boots, Chelsea will open the door for him to return to the club, probably in some coaching capacity.
They are keen to give jobs to former greats who have played a key role in their emergence as a force domestically and in Europe and will sound out Lampard, the club’s record scorer with 211 goals.
The west London club are keen to avoid a scenario where one of their previous players takes a lead role at a rival club, similar to the way Arsenal hero Patrick Vieira — now head coach of New York City — took a technical role with Manchester City.
In confirming his departure, Lampard said: ‘As my time at New York City comes to an end, I would like to thank so many people for the kindness and support that they have shown me over the last two years.
‘My team-mates have been a pleasure to play alongside. The amazing fans have given me incredible support and backing.
‘I have very much enjoyed my time and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play for such a great club and in such an incredible city.’
It is understood Vieira took the decision not to extend Lampard’s contract following New York City’s exit from the MLS play-offs against Toronto last week at the quarter-final stage. In two seasons at the club the midfielder scored 15 goals in 29 games.
Vieira paid tribute to Lampard’s impact, saying: ‘Everybody talks about Frank’s goalscoring record but I can tell you, after a year of working with him, he brings so much more to a team than just goals.
‘What Frank has brought to the locker room is something just as important. His experience, his elite mentality and his mentorship of our younger members have helped us greatly this year.’
Fans of chelsea will be delighted at having a club legend like Lampard back who has won it all and played for them with pride. We will keep our hears open for this one as it develops.
excerpts from dailymail.co.uk