Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has revealed he would have remained at Stamford Bridge for another year had he been offered a new contract.
The Manchester City midfielder spent thirteen years with Chelsea before leaving as a free agent in June. Lampard was central to Chelsea’s success over the past decade and made history by becoming the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, overtaking Bobby Tambling last season.
Lampard followed the lead set by a number of aging professionals by moving to America to compete in the MLS. However, a loan deal by New York City FC’s parent club, Manchester City, saw Lampard return to the Premier League. The motives behind Lampard’s move to the States and subsequent return to the Premier League were questioned by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
“I would have obviously stayed if Chelsea had offered me another year. There was no reason for me to leave.
“Yes, I wanted to play a bit more regularly but I’m not stupid. If Chelsea had given me a new contract it would have been mad not to take it at the time.”
Lampard was quick to dispel rumours of a rift with Jose Mourinho, saying that their relationship was always a good one.
“I had a chat with Jose Mourinho and both he and the club were always great with me. The decision was made and I don’t know who made it.”
Lampard won everything the domestic game has to offer while with Chelsea; Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League. He will be hoping to add to his tally while with current Premier League champions Manchester City.
“When we won the Champions League I knew there would be some sort of evolution. Chelsea wanted to bring in some younger players and it was the right move for the club.
“What I really want now is to make a really positive impact in my time at Manchester City and then again in the next stage of my career.”
Manchester City travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal on Saturday (K.O. 12:45).