Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard was spotted back in west London filling up his car at a petrol station near his old Chelsea stomping ground earlier this week.
The Daily Mail published a picture of the retired England international just days after the backlash surrounding his Major League Soccer transfer scam, following revelations the 36-year-old never actually signed a deal with New York City FC.
Lampard joined the Citizens on an initial loan deal until early 2015, but after recent confirmation that the Stamford Bridge legend will extend his stay with Manuel Pellegrini's side until the end of the 2014/15 campaign, it was uncovered that the Premier League champions had in fact misled the public with regards to the finer details of the veteran's proposed deal across the Atlantic.
Senior officials at the Etihad Stadium sparked fury among MLS fans when they announced that Lampard would remain in England rather than start his New York adventure - as had been expected - in January.
When Lampard left Chelsea upon the expiry of his contract last summer - ending a 13-year association with the club - it was initially anticipated that he would never appear in the Premier League again, but a surprise comeback transpired with the opportunity to represent City.
Lampard's decision to play for another English top-flight club risked damaging his reputation with some Chelsea supporters, particularly after he scored the equalising goal against Jose Mourinho's side in the 1-1 draw back in September.
However, most fans still hold the Premier League's all-time highest scoring midfielder very close to their hearts, and will be pleased to see the former Three Lions star close to 'home', even if it was in a non-playing capacity.
Pellegrini's side take on Arsenal at home in the Premier League later on Sunday, so Lampard's visit to London would've probably been a flying one as he prepares for today's clash against the Gunners in Manchester.
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