Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has announced he will leave the Stamford Bridge after ending his glittering 13-year spell at the West London Club.
Lampard said in a statement released by his agent,
“When I arrived at this fantastic club 13 years ago, I would never have believed I would be fortunate enough to play so many games and share in so much success.”
“This club has become part of my life and I have so many people to thank.”
“As a Chelsea man, I have no doubt that with the quality of players there they will continue the success we have all enjoyed.”
“Whatever the next challenge is for me, I will always be amongst you and have Chelsea in my home and heart.”
Lampard, 35, joined the Blues in 2001 from West Ham United for £11 million. He is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer with 211 goals in 649 games.
The England international has won three Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2012, four FA Cups, two League Cups and the Europa League.
Despite his age, Lampard was a regular this term – netted eight goals in 40 appearances in all competitions.
The recent reports from the Daily Mail suggesting that Lampard has agreed to join Major League Soccer franchise New York City FC for March 2015 season.
Frank Lampard Timeline
1978: Born in Romford, England on June 21
1995: Joins West Ham United as a trainee.
1999: Made his debut for England in the 2-1 friendly win over Belgium at Sunderland.
2001: Joins Chelsea for £11 million transfer.
2005: Voted Professional Footballers’ Association Fans’ Player of the Year.
2006: Wins Premiership title.
2009: Captains Chelsea in his 400th appearance for the Blues.
2013: Wins the Europa League in the 2-1 win over Benfica in Amsterdam.
2014: Announces his departure after 13 years.
Lampard is currently in Miami with England World Cup squad, as they prepare for the summer’s tournament in Brazil.