Lampard to stay in close contact with Chelsea
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[December 26, 2016]
LONDON (Reuters) - Former
England midfielder Frank Lampard says he will be "in close contact"
with his old club Chelsea as he decides on his next career move.
The 38-year-old left New York City in November and media speculation
has mounted that he could return to the London team in a coaching
role or some other capacity.
Lampard watched Premier League leaders Chelsea's 1-0 home win over
West Bromwich Albion earlier this month and was an onlooker at
training on Wednesday when manager Antonio Conte said he was in good
enough shape to continue his playing career.
"I'm still waiting for the five-year contract to come through from
Chelsea, they haven't called yet," Lampard joked during an interview
on Sky Sports television on Saturday.
"Whatever happens, in some capacity I will be at Chelsea, whether
that's with my season ticket watching them...I don't know. I will be
in very close contact.
"Whether I have a role is not all in my hands so I can't go any
further than that. I am very relaxed about it which is a nice place
"I'm not kind of eager that the end of my career is coming and
thinking, 'What's going to happen now?'," added Lampard.
"If the right thing comes then I'll take it. Obviously Chelsea, I
would love that, but it doesn't always work that way."
Lampard won three Premier League titles and the 2012 Champions
League with Chelsea and is the club's all-time record scorer with
211 goals. He also netted 29 times in 106 appearances for England.
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NYCFC midfielder Frank Lampard (8) and D.C. United midfielder Rob
Vincent (26) pursue a loose ball during the first half at Yankee
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taken this Christmas to enjoy family, a couple of beers and an extra
turkey and I'll make a decision in January whether I carry on
playing -- I have a few options -- or finish and move on to whatever
the next thing will be," he said.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Tony Jimenez)
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