Blues set to of­fer Frank Lam­pard a Chelsea re­turn

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Chelsea will of­fer Frank Lam­pard a shock re­turn to Stam­ford Bridge af­ter the for­mer Eng­land mid­fielder con­firmed his de­par­ture from New York City.

The 38-year-old has spent two years in MLS but will leave the club to be­gin the next chap­ter of his ca­reer.

Lam­pard is yet to de­cide whether to carry on play­ing but if he does hang up his boots, Chelsea will open the door for him to re­turn to the club.

They are keen to give jobs to for­mer greats who have played a key role in their emer­gence as a force do­mes­ti­cally and in Europe and will sound out Lam­pard, the club’s record scorer with 211 goals.

The west London club are keen to avoid a sce­nario where one of their pre­vi­ous play­ers takes a lead role at a ri­val club, sim­i­lar to the way Ar­se­nal hero Patrick Vieira — now head coach of New York City — took a tech­ni­cal role with Manchester City.

In con­firm­ing his de­par­ture, Lam­pard said: “As my time at New York City comes to an end, I would like to thank so many peo­ple for the kind­ness and sup­port that they have shown me over the last two years.

“My team-mates have been a plea­sure to play along­side. The amaz­ing fans have given me in­cred­i­ble sup­port and back­ing.

“I have very much en­joyed my time and I am very grate­ful to have had the op­por­tu­nity to play for such a great club and in such an in­cred­i­ble city.’

It is un­der­stood Vieira took the de­ci­sion not to ex­tend Lam­pard’s con­tract fol­low­ing New York City’s exit from the MLS play-offs against Toronto .

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