CHELSEA FC FANS - WEDNESDAY 13 AUG 2008 - STAMFORD BRIDGE
Earlier today Chelsea FC made an announcement that effectively brings to an end months of speculation as to the future of Midfielder Frank Lampard. The official statement from Stamford Bridge says that Lampard has "signed" a new long term contract with the club. Lampard, now 30, has committed himself to the Blues for the next five seasons, and more than likely the remainder of his career in the English Top Flight.
Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon explained the contract talks had taken time because this was a major decision for Frank. However, Luiz Felipe Scolari had said at the onset of his term as Chelsea coach on July 1st, " I would like for Frank to stay on. He is a big part of our plans for the future and will continue to be for years to come."
Lampard had been in negotiations with Inter Milan throughout the summer, although those talks had recently concluded in a stalemate. Chelsea has time and again turned down Inter's transfer offers. But the reality was that if they didn't resign Lampard now, he would have been able to leave the club on a free transfer as soon as this season was over.
FRANK LAMPARD HAS DISPELLED RUMORS OF LEAVING CHELSEA
"We've signed my new contract today," Lampard said. "I'm personally very happy and I hope I've made the Chelsea fans happy. I've had seven great seasons here and now I can have many more. I see it as my final big contract and I will play out my days at Chelsea," said Lampard after signing his new deal on Wednesday. "I want to finish my career at Chelsea."
"It is something I've said many times and, after signing this contract, I am very happy and positive I will finish as a player here. It's been a difficult summer for many reasons and that was one of the frustrating things, a lot of things were said that were untrue, some things were said that were slightly true and that was frustrating. Now we can put that to bed and concentrate on football."
"My world got turned upside down and I don't think it is anything anyone appreciates until you go through it," Lampard said. "The club gave me time and I appreciate that. I feel for sure I've made 100 percent the right decision, for myself, for my family and for Chelsea Football Club."
Lampard, an English National, came to Chelsea from Westham United in June 2001. He's made 369 appearances and scored 110 goals and has helped the club to two Premier League titles, two League Cup titles and the FA Cup.
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