Chelsea legend Frank Lampard will follow in the footsteps of his former team-mate Didier Drogba and join a Chinese club, according to reports in China that claim the midfielder has agreed to join Guizhou Renhe in January.
Allegedly, the owner of the club told a journalist from a state-owned China Central Television that Lampard has already agreed a deal, could this be the end of his 11-year stint at Stamford Bridge?
The idea of moving on the old guard and replace them with a younger generation started when Andre Villas-Boas was at the club and it seems as though Roman Abramovich is keen to continue this policy even though he disposed of the Portuguese manager back in March. Drogba has already departed, the club seem reluctant to offer Ashley Cole any more than a one-year extension and it’s been said that Chelsea won’t offer John Terry another deal when his current deal expires. Lampard has also been linked with an exit for a number of months now, with the only question being his destination, the MLS or China?
Lampard is no longer an automatic choice at Stamford Bridge and will have seen it all by the time Chelsea return from the World Club Championship in December, so I’m not surprised if he does call time on his Chelsea career and take up a lucrative contract abroad but I always thought it’d be more likely he’d do so at the end of the season.
There has been no reports of any sort of discussion over a new deal for Lampard, so it seems certain he’s leaving us, but where will he go and when?