Frank Lampard has admitted that he’s not looking beyond the season as far as his career is concerned and will take things year by year.
The England international enjoyed a more advanced role on Saturday evening’s Premier League fixture at Upton Park against his former side West Ham and was influential in Chelsea’s victory by bagging a brace of goals.
Lampard has been an ever-present for a long time at Stamford Bridge now but came under criticism earlier in the season for his performances in central midfield. The criticism was justified as the 35-year-old wasn’t playing well and it looked as though his legs were failing him, but the role just doesn’t suit him.
In the last game he looked much more comfortable and marked his performance with a goal. I’ve often said this season if Lampard is to play in Mourinho’s setup then it has to be further up the park and without the defensive responsibility that a John Obi Mikel or Ramires would be comfortable.
Lampard is just one of three veterans, along with Ashley Cole and John Terry, who will be out of contract at the end of the campaign and it’s never certain who will be retained by Chelsea. Lampard says he’s not thinking about that now but admitted he couldn’t see himself at another English club so would probably ply his trade abroad if he left.
He told the Fulham Chronicle:
“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 already has legendary status at Stamford Bridge no matter what happens between now and then. He’s the club’s leading all-time goal scorer with 207…so far.