Chelsea legend and history-maker Frank Lampard, having recently beaten Bobby Tambling’s record of most goals for Chelsea, finally put pen to paper on a new contract, keeping him at the club for another year.
Lampard, who’s been at the club since July 2001, has played 608 games and scored 203 goals for Chelsea. His record-breaking goals came early last month when Chelsea faced Aston Villa away in their second-last Premier League game this season. In that game, he scored his second Premier League brace this season; sealing a Champions League spot for his club. In addition to those two, Lampard scored 13 other Premier League goals (Chelsea’s top scorer in the League) and 2 FA Cup goals for Chelsea this season. He’s also provided 8 assists.
Chelsea Chief Executive, Ron Gourlay, said that talks had been going on since the end of last year, with discussions being positive, contrary to what many had started to speculate. It took some time, however, for an official announcement to be made. Lampard signed a contract extension on May 16th, right after Chelsea’s Europa League triumph.
The tree-time Chelsea Player of the Year did not hide his excitement and stated on the club website:
“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.”
A large majority of Chelsea supporters were pleased with the news that their legend would stay for another season as well as Bobby Tambling, who presented Frank with a Special Recognition Award later on the evening of the 16th at Chelsea’s Player of the Year Award Ceremony:
“I have so much respect for him, both as a footballer and as a man. He might have a few trophies in his cabinet more than me, but he’s so humble and he treats everybody as though they’re the same as him.”
“I can honestly say that I am so happy, and I’m sure most of you are, to hear that he’s here for another season and there’s no bias in the fact that I think that he’s one of the greatest players Chelsea’s ever had.”
When asked what was going through his mind when he broke Bobby Tambling’s record (which had stood for 40 years) after picking up his award, Lampard answered:
“Getting the equalizing goal on the day and drawing with the great man himself was a big deal for me. I can’t really explain it. I thought it would be good when I broke the record, but I didn’t realize quite how good it would feel.”
The fans, Aston Villa, my teammates at the end, not just celebrating the goal on the pitch, in the dressing room, it was quite emotional for me. When I signed, I didn’t think I would get anywhere near 200 goals or all the medals that we all won so just a big thanks to the club as a whole.”
Frank Lampard will remain at Chelsea until 2014 before anything else is decided by the club.
Written by Ange Marline