Chelsea hero Frank Lampard has revealed why he chose to betray Jose Mourinho and the Stamford Bridge faithful and chose to move to Manchester City for this term, insisting their offer was too good to turn down.
The Blues legend ended his playing affiliation with the west London giants last summer so that he could join up with the newly-formed MLS outfit New York City.
However after having signed a four-year deal with the US-based side he then shocked Chelsea supporters by agreeing to a loan deal with Manuel Pellegrini’s Premier League champions, City.
Mourinho has since admitted his surprise at the decision, claiming that he, and everyone else at Chelsea, believed their talismanic midfielder was departing for pastures new abroad.
What made matters worse was that Lampard scored the equalising goal for City when they met the Blues for the first time this campaign. Lampard himself though has revealed he couldn’t turn down the offer on the table.
Lampard on Chelsea
"I had 13 years at Chelsea and I will always be a Chelsea boy because I played there and have so many memories," he told Channel 4, as relayed by the Manchester Evening News.
"They decided I was moving on and at 35 you are not going to fight that. If they want you to move on you move on.
"Then Manchester City came in for me. It was too good to turn down. At 36, not many people get asked to play for the champions of England at the time for five months.
"I have got such a great relationship with the Chelsea fans. It hasn't broken it. I still have my main house in Chelsea and I go back to London a lot, I hope I won't ever lose that, I don't think I will."
From a neutral perspective you can’t really blame the 106-times capped ex-England international for wanting to remain playing at the highest level, even if it was at the expense of some of his reputation for Chelsea.
Though the MLS will no doubt offer him a new challenge nothing quite beats being a star in arguably the best division in the world, and Lampard’s performances this season have indicated that he’s certainly not past the point of being good enough to compete in the Premier League.
Unfortunately it looks as though Lampard’s swan-song in English football won’t see him bow out with another title under his belt. City were considered amongst the favourites to take the Premier League trophy home this season but have been second-best to Chelsea for virtually the entirety of the campaign.
Chelsea fans, do you think Lampard was right to agree to the loan at the Etihad Stadium? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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