Milieu de terrain emblématique de Chelsea entre 2001 et 2014, Frank Lampard a pris une grande décision. Il ne foulera plus les pelouses du monde professionnel. Passé par Manchester City et par New York après son départ des Blues, il a décidé aujourd’hui même qu’il mettait fin à sa carrière à l’âge de 38 ans.
Clap de fin pour Frank Lampard
« Après 21 années incroyables, j’ai décidé que le moment était venu de mettre fin à ma carrière de footballeur professionnel. J’ai reçu beaucoup d’offres très excitantes pour continuer ma carrière en Angleterre ou à l’étranger, mais je sens qu’à 38 ans il est temps pour moi de commencer un nouveau chapitre de ma vie. » a-t-il déclaré sur son compte Instagram.
Durant 21 ans, Frank Lampard aura disputé 914 matchs pour 274 buts inscrits dont 211 avec le maillot de Chelsea.
Nous ne l’oublierons jamais !
After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer. Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life. I’m immensely proud of the trophies I’ve won, of representing my country over 100 times and of scoring more than 300 career goals. I have many people to thank. I thank my parents for instilling in me the values of hard work, dedication and professionalism, values which I have carried with me in everything that I do. I am forever grateful for the support of my family, my wife Christine and my two daughters Luna and Isla. What you have given me off the pitch has always been my strength on it. I love you all very much. Also, my friends and my own team that have always been there for me. I would like to thank the amazing team-mates, coaches, managers and backroom staff that I was privileged to work with. I’d also like to pay tribute to the clubs that I have represented. Firstly, West Ham United who gave me my debut in 1996. Thanks to the people there that believed in me at that young age. More recently Manchester City and NYCFC. I greatly enjoyed my last playing years at these two clubs and really appreciate the support I received from City Football Group and both clubs’ fans. Of course, the largest part of my heart belongs to Chelsea, a club which has given me so many great memories. I will never forget the opportunity they gave me and the success that we managed to achieve together. It is impossible to give thanks individually to all the people that helped and supported me in my 13 years playing there. All I can say is from the day I signed until now and going forward, I’m eternally grateful for everything and to everyone. Chelsea fans gave myself and my teammates such incredible support. Their passion and hunger drove me on personally to give my best year after year. I couldn’t have done it without them. Looking forward, I’m grateful to the FA for the opportunity to study for my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field opportunities that this decision opens.