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Frank Lampard acknowledges possible MLS move

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Frank Lampard has confirmed that he sees a move to Major League Soccer as an option this summer, but only after the World Cup is over, according to BBC Sport.

The 35-year-old confirmed earlier this week that he will leave Chelsea after 13 years with the club, and there have been numerous rumours about a move to the MLS, where he has long been linked with the LA Galaxy and new franchise New York City FC.

Spanish forward David Villa joined City on Monday, and sources have claimed that a deal to take the England midfielder to the Big Apple is already in place. In a Three Lions press conference, Lampard acknowledged that he was considering the transatlantic move.

"The American thing is an option," he said.

"I'm looking at different options but I want to carry on playing."

Heading into his third World Cup and fourth major international tournament though, the London-born ace insisted that his focus remains on England.

"I'd like to get it sorted soon - not in World Cup time, but after that. I'm not sure it's possible to do now. I'm a big enough boy to get on and concentrate fully on this World Cup with England."

Lampard fired 211 goals in 648 appearances to become Chelsea's all-time record goalscorer. In his time at Stamford Bridge he won 11 major honours, including the UEFA Champions League in 2012, and he confessed that leaving was a tough decision.

"It was a huge part of my life so it can't be anything but a wrench. But if you told me 13 years ago I'd have achieved what I have, I wouldn't have believed you.

"I can go into the World Cup with a clear head. I can handle it. It's a weight off my shoulders to a certain extent.

"It was a mutual decision. It was a bit of a distraction during the season. Chelsea have been fantastic with me, but it was mutual."

Lampard - who won a silver award in the 2005 Ballon d'Or - joined the Blues for £11million from West Ham United in 2001, where he netted 39 times in 187 matches.

The soon-to-be free agent was speaking ahead of England's friendly clash with Ecuador on Wednesday night - a game in which he gained his 104th international cap.

The Three Lions will now face Honduras on Saturday before jetting off to Brazil.

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