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Lampard leaving Chelsea, no future decisions until after World Cup

Jun 2, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT

source: Getty ImagesEnglish midfielder Frank Lampard is either retiring or finding a new club after 13 years with Chelsea.

Linked with New York City FC in recent days, the BBC is reporting that Lampard has “offers from 16 clubs.”

He won’t decide anything until after the World Cup, however.

From the BBC:

The 35-year-old England international, Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer with 211 goals, was out of contract.

Since joining from West Ham, Lampard had helped the club to three Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2012.

Lampard has yet to decide if he will retire, but has had offers from 16 other clubs.

New York City FC unveiled former Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia forward David Villa as its first signing earlier Monday. A start of Lampard and Villa, age aside, would be a heck of a beginning to NYCFC’s player history.

It would also usher in more questions about whether MLS will be able to hold up its parity in the face of huge money owners like Manchester City, the New York Yankees and David Beckham’s Miami supergroup. Yes, the pair would be just two Designated Players, but can you see NYCFC being happy to stop there?

  1. navyeoddavee9 - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Lampard has a few good years left, definitely has the quality to stay in the premiership, if he doesn’t stay at Chelsea, which wouldn’t surprise me, I think a club like Everton, could use him

  2. Scott Hevel - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Good. The only way MLS takes it to the next step in the world is to end the parity. It would finally get people talking again.

  3. markburst - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    What parity? Dempsey by himself makes more than most of the teams in the league. Toronto – $12M+ for two players… Galaxy has Donovan and Keene at over $4M each. There are two classes of teams in MLS, those with owners who want to spend and those with misers as owners looking to squeeze every nickel out of their team.

  4. cutelittleguy02 - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    I guess he ll join. Villa for New. York team no?

  5. player169 - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    NYFC makes no sense. He turns 36 in few weeks. MLS summer transfer after World Cup does make sense. LA has 3 DPs…League owned Chivas rebrand…I’m calling it!!!

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