Lampard admits career at Chelsea coming to end
Lampard noted the board's failure to discuss a new contract with him, signalling his departure from the London club.
"I feel I have two or three years in me - at least - at the top level. The ball is in Chelsea's court. At the minute nothing has been said. Nothing has been planned. Talks about 'a one-year extension' or 'two-year extension' don't exist. Maybe things don't last forever," The Telegraph quoted Lampard, as saying
According to the paper, from the club's perspective, he is 34, a high-earner in the age of financial fair play, not guaranteed a starting place and they have alternatives for the midfield base of their 4-2-3-1 system in John Obi Mikel, Ramires, Oriol Romeu, reports.
Despite a Japanese fascination with Lampard being well-established, even though he was injured for the 2002 World Cup, he remains a global star, a photogenic draw for some, a footballing force for others who admired how he helped decide the 2012 Champions League final.
"Although I want it to last forever you have to be big enough to know what it is. I want to be involved. That's my character," he said.
"Whatever happens, I've had a great time at Chelsea. I feel like I've had a good year particularly from where we were in February to playing what I like to think was a big part in winning the Champions League and FA Cup," he added. (ANI)