Lampard won't leave Chelsea

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Frank Lampard insists he has no intention of leaving Chelsea, and after reaffirming his commitment to the Stamford Bridge cause has emphasised the importance of keeping all the big players at the club.

The 33-year-old midfielder moved to west London from West Ham back in 2001, and has established himself as an important part of the Blues squad.

However, following the summer arrival of Andre Villas-Boas, Lampard's playing time has been limited, and the England international has been forced to settle with a place on the fringes of the Chelsea team this season.

His demotion has led to speculation suggesting that the Portuguese tactician could be ready to sell Lampard, as well as a number of the club's other senior players, as he looks to the future and bids to freshen up an ageing squad.

But Lampard has repeatedly rubbished claims he is seeking a move, and says that he respects Villas-Boas' right to choose the team and will do everything he can to remain in his first-team plans.

"I am very committed," he told the London Evening Standard. "The thing is for me it is much easier when I'm playing regular games and starting, playing 90 minutes to get into the rhythm that I have found since I have been here. That is what I love doing.

"The boss is the boss, he picks the team, for me personally I know that's when I'm at my best [playing regularly]. [But] I will always stay completely behind the cause of Chelsea because it's me now, Chelsea is my club."

The relationship between Villas-Boas and a number of his players has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks as Chelsea's erratic league form continues, but Lampard is adamant that the manager has the full support of everyone at the club.

"I think the team spirit is okay," he added. "When you're losing games it's the first thing people look at. It takes the big players in the dressing room and everyone collectively to stand up and make a difference, which is what we did against Wolves.

"It [team spirit] is something we pride on ourselves at Chelsea for many years, it won us titles, won us a lot of things and it is something we can't lose because if you lose that, you can't be at the top."

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