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Frank Lampard already has two offers to prolong playing career

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When, earlier this week, Frank Lampard announced that he would be leaving New York City FC, the expectation was that the former Chelsea and England midfielder would be hanging up his boots for good.

However, those Chelsea fans hoping to see the club legend return to Stamford Bridge in some sort of coaching or ambassadorial capacity may have been jumping the gun.

That's after reports have emerged claiming that not one, but two clubs have already made offers to the 38-year-old to prolong his playing career.

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Taking to his official Instagram account to confirm his decision to leave NYCFC after a two-year spell that also included a loan to Manchester City, Lampard certainly sounded like a player who was on the verge of retirement.

"As my time at NYCFC comes to an end I would like to thank so many people for the kindness and support that they have shown me over the last two years," he wrote.

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"My teammates have been a pleasure to play alongside. The amazing fans have given me incredible support and backing. All the people that work behind the scenes at NYCFC have made it so easy for me to work and settle here.

"I have very much enjoyed my time, and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play for such a great club and in such an incredible city.

"I leave with many great memories as I embark on the next stage of my career and I’ll be making an announcement very soon."

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However, it looks like at least two of NYCFC's Major League Soccer rivals are going to do their best to convince Lampard to carry on in the North American League.

According to The Mirror, both Orlando City FC and Los Angeles Galaxy have "registered their interest" and have made offers to the veteran midfielder. Their is also rumoured interest in Europe.

LA Galaxy, of course, said goodbye to Steven Gerrard earlier this week so a move to replace him with another England icon shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Orlando, meanwhile, have shown their readiness to splash the cash on big name signings in the past with the arrival of Kaka.

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Whether either offer would be good enough to tempt Lampard to play on for another year remains to be seen.

Despite his age, he did manage to score a pretty impressive 15 goals in 31 appearances for NYCFC so could still do a job in the league.

However, with Chelsea believed to be willing to offer their all-time top goalscorer a role as a club ambassador if he chooses retirement, fans of the Blues will be hoping he spurs the above opportunities and returns to England instead.

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