May 16, 2013, 8:10 AM EST
It is official.
Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer will be staying put at Stamford Bridge for at least another season.
This morning Chelsea Football Club and Frank Lampard confirmed a one-year extension on his current contract, just hours after the London side lifted the Europa League title in dramatic fashion.
Lampard captained the Blues to Europa League success last night and seemed extremely positive that a new deal would be sorted out soon, when asked after the game.
And now his future has been settled.
The England midfielder, who recently broke Bobby Tambling’s club record of 202 goals, was ecstatic at signing the new deal.
I’m absolutely delighted. Everybody knows I always maintained the dream was to stay at Chelsea. We’ve been talking for ages and even though it went on for quite a period it was always amicable. I want to thank Mr Abramovich for everything he’s done in making the dream a reality. I love this club, the staff, the players and especially the supporters, who have treated me fantastically since the day I arrived. The thought of helping the club to more success in the forthcoming years is all I ever wanted. I couldn’t be happier.
So this finishes the endless rumors of Lampard moving to Major League Soccer and signing with the LA Galaxy. The whispers have become more widespread in recent months as Chelsea made it clear that they wouldn’t offer Lampard a new deal. However — after a massive U-turn from Mr. Abramovich and the Chelsea hierarchy — the vice-captain will now spend a 13th season in West London as he hopes to further extend his goalscoring record.
Was this the right decision for both parties? Yep.
If Jose Mourinho is indeed returning to Chelsea as manager next season, he will have had a big say in this. But Lampard deserves the type of sendoff Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and others at Manchester United will have. Lampard should be the one to decide when his days at Chelsea are up and he should retire.
This new one-year deal may let him do just that, as he aims to go out with even more success in yet another year with Chelsea.
Last night Lampard also completed the collection. In his twelve seasons with Chelsea he has won every-single trophy that can be won, the Europa League was the last one on the list. He has led Chelsea with his incredible amount of goals from midfield and his leadership in the dressing room.
As they say in West London, he is “Super Frankie Lampard.”
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