Frank Lampard this week announced his departure from New York City. The Englishman’s contract is set to expire and he took to Instagram to make his future intentions clear.
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As my time at NYCFC 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 teammates have been a pleasure to play alongside. The amazing fans have given me incredible support and backing. All the people that work behind the scenes at NYCFC have made it so easy for me to work and settle here. 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. I leave with many great memories as I embark on the next stage of my career and I’ll be making an announcement very soon. @nycfc
Lampard is yet to indicate if his playing days are over however, or simply his time at New York City has come to an end.
His former employer Chelsea have now swayed into the mix, perhaps to make the decision easier for ‘Lamps’.
As reported in The Guardian, the London giants are willing to offer the 38-year-old a roll at Stamford Bridge should he draw the curtain on his playing career.
The specific nature of such a roll remains unclear and would likely take up whatever mould Lampard chooses, from a purely ambassadorial role right up to that of a coach, according to the English newspaper.
It would be part of the club’s wider strategy to retain as many former players as possible at the club, which has seen former legends such as Carlo Cudicini and Tore Andre Flo incorporated within the club at some level.
The move would of course be a popular one among the Chelsea faithful as well. Given the Pensioners’ nascent rise under Antonio Conte, re-joining the London outfit in some capacity would surely be very luring for Lampard.
Whether he indeed chooses to hang up his boots however, remains to be seen.
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena