Frank Lampard has signed a one-year extension with Chelsea - a day after helping the club lift the Europa League trophy.

It is news which had been expected, although before this week the England international had been expected to leave the club, despite the supporters' calls for their star midfielder to be awarded with a new deal.

Lampard has scored 15 Premier League goals this season, and a total of 17 in all competitions.

"I'm absolutely delighted," he told the club's official website. "Everybody knows I always maintained the dream was to stay at Chelsea. We've been talking for ages and even though it went on for quite a period it was always amicable.

"I want to thank Mr Abramovich for everything he's done in making the dream a reality. I love this club, the staff, the players and especially the supporters, who have treated me fantastically since the day I arrived.

"The thought of helping the club to more success in the forthcoming years is all I ever wanted. I couldn't be happier."

Meanwhile, Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay commented: "Frank has been an important player for Chelsea Football Club for a long time and has played a significant part in the club's success.

"We have been talking to him since the end of last year and our discussions have been entirely positive throughout. We are delighted we are now announcing an extension to his contract which will keep him at the club until 2014."

After breaking Bobby Tambling's record as the club's all-time top scorer last weekend, it is obvious why the club have extended his contract.

Lampard means a huge amount to the entire club, and as the vice-captain, him and skipper John Terry provide some stability at a team where managers are always changing. 

Whether this decision comes from the fans' pleas, his footballing merits, interim manager Rafael Benitez, or owner Roman Ambramovich himself we do not yet know.

But, regardless of this, I am sure every Chelsea supporter will be glad that he is staying at Stamford Bridge for at least another season.

 

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