Frank Lampard was unveiled by New York City FC yesterday, but Chelsea's all-time top goalscorer revealed during the official press conference that he turned down the chance to remain in the English Premier League.
The Chelsea legend told reporters that he had been in contact with his uncle, and current Queens Park Rangers manager, Harry Redknapp about a potential move across London to the newly promoted club:
"We had some conversations, and so did my dad," NYCFC latest marquee signing explained.
"I think my dad spoke to Harry quite a lot. But it wasn't really an option for me," Lampard continued.
The Lampard - Redknapp connection
Frank Lampard of course began his career under the tutelage of Harry Redknapp at West Ham United. The midfielder made 148 appearances for the Hammers before making the switch to Stamford Bridge and Chelsea in 2001.
It comes as no surprise that Redknapp, who has already brought in fellow England veteran Rio Ferdinand this summer, was keen on linking up once more with his nephew when it became apparent that Lampard would be seeking a new challenge away from Chelsea.
Having opted for the bright lights of New York, Lampard joins Spanish striker David Villa as just one of four players who currently make up the roster of MLS' newest franchise.
Far from being deterred by the huge challenge ahead of him however, Lampard revealed that it was the chance to be outside of his comfort zone that drew him to NYCFC:
"There were other options, yes. Some in England, other parts of the world but this was the one that always stood out to me.
"The idea of coming to this city and playing for a new team with a really good vision for the future, it just made it easy for me. It wasn't a hard decision."
QPR preparing for the EPL
As for Queens Park Rangers, whilst they lost out to MLS in pursuit of Frank Lampard, they have had a productive close season so far as they prepare for the upcoming 2014-15 English Premier League season.
The arrival of Rio Ferdinand has been complimented by fellow English centre back Steven Caulker's decision to head to Loftus Road. Harry Redknapp however is likely to be looking for several more new faces as, like New York City FC in the US, QPR prepare for life in a new league.
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