December 25, 2016
NOT QUITE DONE YET
Lampard might have left NYC FC, but he still has desires of returning to Chelsea
Frank Lampard still hasn't made an official decision on whether he will call it career.
|Frank Lampard on returning to Chelsea: "I will be in very close contact, whether I have a role, that's not all in my hands so I can't go any further than that."
Photo courtesy of NYC FC
The former English international midfielder left New York City FC after the 2016 season as many observers felt he was going to pursue a coaching career.
Now, that might be put off.
Lampard said he would love to return to Chelsea in the English Premier League. He is the London team's all-time leading goal-scorer with 211 goals across all competitions during a 13-year career there.
"I'm still waiting for the five-year contract to come through from Chelsea. They haven't called yet! We used to get those easily!" he told Soccer AM in England Sunday.
Lampard and John Terry were guests on the show.
"Myself and John are Chelsea through and through. Whatever happens, in some capacity I will be at Chelsea, whether that's with my season ticket watching them, but I don't know," Lampard said.
"I will be in very close contact, whether I have a role, that's not all in my hands so I can't go any further than that."
The 38-year-old Lampard sounded like he was keeping his options open.
"I am very relaxed about it, which is a nice place to be," he said. "I'm not kind of eager that the end of my career is coming and thinking, 'What's going to happen now?'
"I'm relaxed and if the right thing comes, then I'll take it. Obviously, Chelsea, I would love that, but it doesn't always work that way.
"I've taken this Christmas to enjoy family, a couple of beers and an extra turkey and I'll make a decision in January whether I carry on playing - I have a few options - or finish and move on to whatever the next thing will be."
Lampard played two seasons with NYC FC. After injuries kept 9him sidelined for the first two months of the Major League Soccer season, Lampard became a regular and a vital part of the Blue's playoff push, tallying 12 goals in 19 games.
"I had a great time," he said. "I loved living in New York, the people, the buzz of the city, I lived in Manhattan and I was so fortunate to be playing towards the end of my career in such a great city.
"MLS I love too. It's a great, competitive league and improving. The game is growing over there and I loved every minute of it."