Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has told the Daily Star of his surprise at just how much he's enjoyed his time with Manchester City.
When Lampard swapped Stamford Bridge for New York City FC, Premier League fans may have thought they'd seen the last of the Blue's record goalscorer, but he shocked us all when he completed a loan move to the Premier League champions.
And, with his current deal due to expire in January, Lampard has admitted even he's surprised at just how much he's enjoyed his time with Manuel Pellegrini's side.
Initially it was thought Lampard's move to City, who are part-owners of the New York City franchise, was purely intended to help him maintain his fitness ahead of the MLS season, but the midfielder has had a big impact on the Etihad Stadium.
Four goals helped him win the club's player of the month award for September, and the Chelsea icon has become somewhat of a fans favourite with the blue half of Manchester.
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While it may have come as no surprise that there's still plenty of life left in the 36-year-old midfielder, he admitted he didn't expect to enjoy life away from the Bridge just as much as he has.
"I didn’t know what to expect and it’s all been a bit of a whirlwind. I wanted to prove that I wasn’t here just to tick over and show the manager I was worthwhile bringing in," he told the Star.
“I’ve really enjoyed all those challenges but I didn’t expect to enjoy them quite as much as I have. After being in London so long, I thought coming up to Manchester would be a shock to the system.
“But I never realised it would be a shock in a good way. I’m having a great time and in a good way. I’m having a great time and I find it very comfortable living here.”
You could have forgiven Chelsea fans for feeling a sense of disappointment at seeing one of their heroes sign for a rival club, especially when he went on to score against the Blues when the two met earlier this season.
However, Lampard has insisted his former club will always hold special memories for him, though he's now fully focused on helping City retain their title.
The 106-cap former England man said: "I think people can see I’ve come here with an attitude to work hard and try to do well. If fans see you’re willing to work hard they get
“And while I will always have Chelsea ingrained in me because of the time I spent there and the things I achieved, I think City fans are wise enough to appreciate that.
“It also helps if you can knock in a few goals and help the team win. We’ll just concentrate on getting the results we need and I’m confident we will do that.
“The lads proved that last season when they came through a sticky patch with the away form early in the campaign and ended up winning the title.”
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