Frank Lampard admits being surprised after receiving extension from Chelsea
Frank Lampard has confessed he did not see himself playing for Chelsea beyond this season. The veteran midfielder claims he spent most of the year “fully expecting” to move out of Stamford Bridge this summer. The England international insists that had he had left Chelsea, there was no way he would have joined another Premier League outfit.
Frank Lampard, who joined Chelsea in 2001, just recently broke the club’s all-time goalscoring record. The 34-year-old would have been out of contract this summer. Chelsea’s administration was reluctant to present an aging player with a new contract. However, Frank Lampard’s stellar performance helped him earn a new contract.
The former West Ham United player admits he had given up hope on receiving an extension contract at the club. Manchester United appeared to be moving in for Frank Lampard, but the possibility of joining a top notch club in the Premier League was shot down by the English maestro himself.
“I can't imagine being anywhere else after playing for 12 years at Chelsea. I have a lot of respect for other clubs, particularly the top ones, but I couldn't do it,” Frank Lampard told talkSPORT.
“I have always been very comfortable at Chelsea. At 27, they were offering me new contracts when I still had three years left on my contract, but they are looking to the future now. I understand that. I was caught in a bit of a transitional period and they were looking to the future and I had to convince the club I could be a part of it.
“From January to March/April of this year, I thought it would have been my last season, but I never wanted to leave and I'm delighted we got the contract done because I love being at Chelsea and if I did leave, where could I go if I left Chelsea? It would either be a step down in quality or stay at Chelsea and that has happened in the end.”
Frank Lampard further said that he would have felt as if he had “let Chelsea fans down” if he was unable to break the goalscoring record set by Bobby Tambling. Frank Lampard also supported the return of Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho.
“It's a presence and an aura to galvanize people” Frank Lampard said in reference to Jose Mourinho. “His personal confidence rubs off on people. Tactically he's very astute and while he might rub people up the wrong way, he gets the best out of players. I've never seen anyone do it like him before.
“He is brilliant with his team tactically, he is brilliant with his players and I think he is brilliant with the press. He made me believe I could be better than what I was. He convinced me I could really get to the top. Mourinho was the best, for me he was and took my game to another level.”