Tuesday 03 June 2014
Frank Lampard's glittering career as a Chelsea player will come to an end when his contract expires at the end of this month.
Lampard's Chelsea career in numbers
BPL apps: 429
BPL goals: 147
BPL titles: 3
Champions Leagues: 1
Europa Leagues: 1
FA Cups: 4
League Cups: 2
The 35-year-old midfielder has been with the club for 13 years, winning three Barclays Premier League titles, and is the club's all-time leading scorer with 211 goals. Lampard, currently with the England squad preparing for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, will make a decision on his future after the tournament.
"When I arrived at this fantastic club 13 years ago I would never have believed that I would be fortunate enough to play so many games and enjoy sharing in so much success," he said. "This club has become part of my life and I have so many people to thank for the opportunity.
"The club will move forward, and as a Chelsea man I have no doubt that with the quality of the players that are there, they will continue with the success that we have all enjoyed over the past seasons.
"Most importantly, I would like to thank the Chelsea fans. I believe they are the greatest fans in world football. You have supported me from the moment I arrived. Not only on the pitch but in difficult moments in my personal life off the pitch. I will never forget. Whatever the next challenge is for me I will always be amongst you and have Chelsea in my home and in my heart. Hopefully I will get to see you all soon to say goodbye properly."
Lampard was brought to Chelsea from West Ham United by Claudio Ranieri in 2001 and went on to make 429 Barclays Premier League appearances for the club, scoring 147 goals.
He drove them on to win numerous trophies, including the UEFA Champions League in 2012, the UEFA Europa League in 2013 as well as four FA Cups and two League Cups.
"He is one of the very greatest players to have represented the club"
"He leaves with our enormous gratitude for the major part he played over 13 years packed with unforgettable victories, trophies lifted and records set," read a Chelsea statement on the club website.
"That Lampard has won more international caps while playing for Chelsea than anyone else in our history only strengthens the argument that he is one of the very greatest players to have represented the club.
"Any Chelsea supporter who has had the good fortune to watch Super Frank Lampard in full flow will know we have never seen his like in our midfield before, and we will be very blessed to again see his equal."
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech also paid tribute to his team-mate by tweeting: "It has been a privilege to have played with a true Chelsea legend and one of the most influential Premier League players ever."