Chelsea should have done everything in their power to retain the services of Frank Lampard, that is according to Harry Redknapp, following the announcement that the iconic midfielder will leave the west London club when his contract expires next month.
Lampard confirmed on Monday evening that his illustrious 13-year spell with Chelsea will come to an end as of July 1, with the England international choosing to pursue pastures new rather than retire from the game.
It is unclear whether or not Lampard was offered the opportunity to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge into another season but, regardless, the 35-year-old has taken the decision to leave Chelsea - with the MLS expected to be his destination.
Redknapp, though, believes Chelsea have made a mistake by not doing more to persuade Lampard to stay at the club, with the experience and advice he can offer to younger players as valuable as the veteran’s performances on the pitch.
"Absolutely I would keep him at Chelsea," Redknapp told reporters.
"He's worth his weight in gold just to be around the place.
Lampard, meanwhile, is not expected to confirm his next team until after the World Cup, with the former West Ham academy graduate currently on international duty with England, who play their opening game with Italy in 11 days.
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