Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lampard: I Want to Stay for Three More Years and Join the 250 Club

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lampard: I Want to Stay for Three More Years and Join the 250 Club

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

FRANK LAMPARD is already planning on extending his stay at Chelsea well beyond the one-year deal he signed last week.

Chelsea changed their minds in February about letting him leave on a free transfer this summer and the England midfielder agreed a new contract.

But Lampard (below), who turns 35 next month, believes he can carry on playing at the highest level until at least 2016 and is determined to prove it to the board again next term.

He said: "I want it to continue for as long as possible. I signed a one-year extension but I'd love to be part of the next few years at Chelsea, developing the young players that we've seen come in this season.

"They are only going to get better and if I can help them then I will be really happy. I see myself staying here again next year and hopefully it won't be as much of a palaver as this year.

"I'd love to show in the first six months of next season that I can carry on here. It's down to me.

"I obviously enjoy playing for Chelsea, I have a great association with the club and the fans. I live locally, it is my life here and that is why I didn't want to change.

"[The contract negotiations] were fairly easy. It was a long process from January onwards and I hadn't been playing the two months before December through injury.

"There was a new manager and I was in and out [the team]. The club are looking forward and I understood that but I think we all wanted the same thing here.

"The owner and the board want the club to move forward and I want to stay and [achieve this]."

Despite suffering from injury and being a victim of Rafael Benitez's rotation policy, the former West Ham star still finished the season as the joint-top English scorer in the Premier League with 15 goals. More significantly, he overtook Bobby Tambling as Chelsea's all-time leading scorer when he netted a brace at Aston Villa earlier this month to take his overall tally to 203. …

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