Frank Lampard looks set to finally end his Chelsea career after over a decade with West London side. According to a report from the Daily Star, the midfielder looks set to finally complete his move to Major League Soccer side New York City FC are returning from the World Cup in Brazil.
Bye bye Blues
The 36-year old wasn't offered a new contract at the end of the season by Blues boss Jose Mourinho and instead he will be joining former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid striker David Villa in New York, despite offers from Premier League sides and the LA Galaxy, former team of one David Beckham.
International future over?
The move also suggests that Lampard is set to call his time on International duty with England. Roy Hodgson has previously mentioned he would pick Premier League players over those abroad, so at 36, Lampard may have just made his last appearance for the Three Lions in the 0-0 draw with Costa Rica.
Lampard will certainly leave the international stage with regrets. Despite racking up over one hundred appearances in the red and white of England, Lampard never managed to get his hands on any silverware with the national side despite the so called 'Golden Generation' of talent.
New York, New York
NYCFC are an interesting team for Frank to have chosen. They are actually part owned by Manchester City and are not actually playing in Major League Soccer yet. As an expansion side they will officially start competing in March of 2015, meaning that Lampard has a good few months left to either move on loan somewhere or to train with another team to keep his fitness up.
The side currently only has two other players apart from Lampard. The aforementioned David Villa and Jeb Brovsky, a defender who moved from the Montreal Impact in a trade. NYC has one Designated Player spot left and it is interesting to see what big name signing they will make next. Signs point towards a defender coming in to complete that strong spine.