Frank Lampard has been at the forefront of New York City FC controversy due to his delayed move to the MLS Expansion Franchise after extending his loan deal at the current Premier League champions, Manchester City earlier this year.
That has meant that Lampard has missed NYCFC’s opening to the season and he is not expected to officially join up with the squad until the summer.
Manchester Evening News reported that Lampard ‘will always be a Chelsea boy’ but the offer from City was too good to turn down.
Lampard’s absence from the start of New York City’s first-ever season has led some fans to show their disapproval by creating ‘where’s Lampard?’ shirts, based on the ‘Where’s Wally?’ series.
To have Lampard in full competitive action with Manchester City right up until he joins NYCFC has probably helped as it will have kept him at peak fitness.
“I had 13 years at Chelsea and I will always be a Chelsea boy because I played there and have so many memories,” the English midfielder said.
“They decided I was moving on and at 35 you are not going to fight that. If they want you to move on you move on.”
Lampard will link up with NYCFC when the current Premier League season ends in May and many Chelsea fans will be relieved to see their hero stop turning out great performances for their title rivals. But the former Chelsea man insists he will never lose his love for the London club.
“Then Manchester City came in for me. It was too good to turn down. At 36, not many people get asked to play for the champions of England at the time for five months.
“I have got such a great relationship with the Chelsea fans. It hasn’t broken it. I still have my main house in Chelsea and I go back to London a lot, I hope I won’t ever lose that, I don’t think I will.”
Lampard has scored five league goals for City this season with that all-important equaliser against his former club back in September the most memorable one.
The NYCFC Designated Player was in the Big Apple for his new sides’ home game against Sporting Kansas City last weekend but it was a game that ended in disappointment as the hosts lost their first game of the season 1-0.
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