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Frank Lampard not afraid to play against Chelsea

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Having made history scoring goals for Chelsea, Manchester City loanee Frank Lampard has insisted he'd be willing to face off against the team he served with such distinction.

Lampard scored a club record 211 goals during 13 years in west London but his contract expired in the summer, and despite his eagerness to stay an extension was not offered.

Now the midfielder has joined City on loan, having signed for the club's MLS franchise New York City, and, according to the Daily Mail, he told The Sun he would be available to play against his former club should he be selected by new boss Manuel Pellegrini.

City host Chelsea on September 21 in what will be Lampard's first opportunity to play against the club he joined for £11 million way back in 2001.

Professional

Having won 11 major honours during his time at Stamford Bridge, as well as becoming the club's all time record goalscorer, Lampard developed a strong bond with the Chelsea faithful - a bond he feels would not be harmed were he to line up against them.

An unerring professional during his career, Lampard's decision should come as no surprise, though it's a decision he's yet to discuss with his new boss.

The former England man said: "The way I feel about Chelsea fans, it wouldn’t be a problem to play in front of them again.

"I haven’t broached it with the manager yet but I am sure we will speak about it. I don’t think it would be right for me to declare now that I didn’t want to play because what happens if City get two or three injuries in midfield?"

With City financing his loan move, Lampard says he'd feel somewhat obliged to take part, though it will give him something to think about, he added: "Am I going to allow them to play a kid there when they are paying my wages? On a professional note, I have to get my head round that one.

"As a Chelsea player I would never have acted like that and I don’t want to start now. Whatever I do, it will be with completely the right intentions on all fronts."

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Champions League

Over a decade at the top of world football has taken it's toll on Lampard's legs, but what he may have lost in stamina and fitness he certainly makes up for in big-game experience, and that's prompted Pellegrini to name the midfielder in his Champions League squad.

City have once again been presented with a tough group in the competition and will line up against German champions Bayern Munich, Serie A runners-up Roma and Russian champions CSKA Moscow.

By the time Lampard returns to New York in January the group stage will have come to a close, and City fans will be hoping the man who captained Chelsea in their infamous 2012 final victory will have helped them move a step closer to a first ever Champions League crown.

Last season Pellegrini's men made it as far as the last 16, but, having only finished second in their group, they were paired with Barcelona and succumbed to a 4-1 aggregate defeat.

Now, with another season of European experience under their belt and the addition of a Champions League winner, City will be desperate to prove they can go all the way in Europe's premier club competition.

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