Frank Lampard drops Chelsea exit hint

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has hinted that he will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season if he is not playing regularly.

The Blues' all-time top scorer, who turns 36 in June, went on to add that he can't see himself playing for another English club once he leaves the west London outfit.

The Mail Online report that this could be Lampard's final season in football - although the England international has yet to confirm whether or not he is considering hanging up his boots.

Asked whether he was looking beyond the end of this season, Lampard responded: "No, I don’t any more. It is season by season for me.

"I feel fit and strong. I am enjoying playing pretty regularly at the minute and if I can show that I am good enough to carry on playing then I will try to do that.

"Having been at Chelsea for 13 years now, I can’t quite see myself playing in the Premier League anywhere else. Anywhere in England really.

"If I can keep contributing here... I don’t want to be a passenger, sitting on the bench and not doing much, even in my older years. So, as I said, I will take it year by year."

Lampard was expected to leave Chelsea at the end of last season before signing a one-year contract extension in May.

However, the free-scoring midfielder - who has netted ten goals or more in every Premier League campaign since 2004 - is realistic about his chances of staying at the club past this season.

Chelsea have also been linked with several midfielders in recent weeks, including Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso, who will be available on a free transfer at the end of the campaign.

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