Frank Lampard - Chelsea's talismanic midfielder - has left the club and could move to MLS outfit New York City FC, reports suggest.
The veteran midfielder - who spent 13 years at Chelsea - saw his contract expire at Stamford Bridge and he will not be signing a new deal to remain in West London.
Over the years, Lampard became an integral and indelible part of Chelsea's team after moving from West Ham. With 211 goals to his name, he is the Blues' top goalscorer and a Chelsea team without his insignia of authenticity will seem hollow.
However, one must not ignore the reality which is that Lampard's impact and importance to the game had receded of late and the Englishman's role had reduced in recent seasons. As such, his departure is not entirely surprising.
New York City FC are the newest MLS franchise, co-owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees.
The club also signed David Villa last week, the prolific Spanish striker joining from Atletico Madrid. Rumours have also linked Barcelona legend Xavi and some other veterans with the newly-formed club.
Lampard's football career is approaching its nadir. 'Super Frankie' will be sorely missed and, as a Chelsea fan, I wish him all the best for his last few seasons if does go to America. Hopefully, we will see him back on Chelsea's coaching staff soon.
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