When Frank Lampard joined Manchester City ahead of a proposed link up with New York City he insisted he was there to play, not just to keep fit and make up the numbers.
Seven months later the former Chelsea icon has backed up that claim by admitting he's not played as much as he'd have liked during his time at the Etihad Stadium - despite making 23 league and cup appearances already.
Even at the age of 36, Lampard's enthusiasm for the game is evident, and with seven goals to his name already this season, it's clear he still has something to offer.
Despite City suffering a bad run of form of late - they haven't won in five games 0 Lampard hasn't started once since scoring the only goal of the game against Leicester back in mid-December.
That one start came in an FA Cup third round tie with Sheffield Wednesday, and although City eventually progressed with a 2-1 win, Lampard was withdrawn on the hour mark.
Given his age and the competition for places at a club like City, Lampard accepts he isn't going to play 90minutes week in week out, but his eagerness to see more time on the pitch is typical of the attitude he's shown throughout his career.
Lampard's move to City came as a surprise to many, but the former England man insists he's enjoyed the experience, despite one small problem.
He told the Manchester Evening News: "At times maybe I’ve not had as many minutes as I’d want, even though you are aware as you get older you can’t always do so much.
“I feel fit, I’ve scored some goals and been part of the team.
“I’m enjoying the new challenge. It was a surprise and a test for me. I was very comfortable in London. I’ve been welcomed amazingly. From the minute I’ve come here they’ve made it easy for me. I’ve a real appreciation for the club.”
Lampard was speaking ahead of City's trip to Stoke this evening, and bizarrely he's insisted he'll miss games like this even when he makes the move to the bright lights of the Big Apple.
The consummate professional, Lampard says he won't spend his days looking back at what he's done, but his love of the game means that he'll miss cold, windy nights in the Potteries even when he's enjoying life in the city that never sleeps.
Nights like this
"I will miss nights like this when I go to New York. If you keep looking back on cold nights in Stoke then you are not concentrating on what you are doing instead. I’ll savour the nights I had and move on," he said.
Before Lampard makes the move to NYC he's keen to lift silverware with City, and it's his desire to never stop achieving that has made him one of the best players of his generation.
He said: "I always want to do more, look to the next thing. I never really rest on my laurels or be content.
“I want to do more here and then onto my next challenge. I always want to prove something, top players need to have that.”
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