A report in today’s Times suggests that Frank Lampard’s career at Chelsea is set to finish at the end of the season. Months of speculation have surrounded the player and whether or not the club would offer him a new contract.
It seems Lampard has lost patience with the Chelsea hierachy and is now making plans for his future. Despite scoring his 200th goal for the Blues last Sunday, the club are still unwilling to offer him another contract.
Lampard has been left with no choice. He will depart Stamford Bridge in the summer, with his most likely destination now Los Angeles.
“An option of going outside Europe”
Lampard was asked about his future and the impact his next career move may have on his England chances this week; “If there’s ever a time, whenever it is, where there’s an option of going outside Europe, I’m sure me and Roy (Hodgson) would have the conversation about that,” Lampard said. “I don’t think it rules out anything.”
LA Galaxy have publicly stated their interest in Lampard. After David Beckham’s successful spell at Galaxy, the club want another iconic player in their squad to increase their global appeal to sponsors.
Lampard watched Beckham successfully prolong his England career whilst playing in America and would consider doing the same thing.
Lampard currently has 94 England caps and after recently seeing team-mates Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard reach 100 caps, Lampard is desperate to do the same.
Brazil still a target
He also believes he is fit enough and playing well enough to be considered for Hodgson’s World Cup squad in just over a year. The player and manager have a good relationship and Lampard thinks he could move to America and still make the World Cup.
“Brazil is the carrot for all of us and that is why we have to make sure we qualify,” Lampard said. “Roy has been a breath of fresh air. He’s a gentleman.”
“If I could get into the bracket of 100 caps I’d be very proud. It is one game at a time, but it makes my family very proud. From that point of view I’ll try and get there.”