Frank Lampard to leave Chelsea after 13 years

Chelsea's all-time record goalscorer Frank Lampard is to leave the club after a 13-year spell at Stamford Bridge.

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Lampard: Chelsea will move forward, with more success

Firstly, [I want to thank] Ken Bates, who put his neck on the line to sign me as a young player and without him I would not have even begun this experience.

Roman Abramovich, the man who saved our club and took us all to new levels. His desire to push the club to the top of the football world has rubbed off on everyone.

All the managers and coaches who have helped me develop my game during the time I have been here. I have learnt from every one of them.

All the brilliant team-mates who I have been lucky enough to train and play alongside for so long. Not just their football qualities but also the friendships I have gained along the way.

I'd also like to give a special mention to all the staff and people behind the scenes at the club who do not receive the glory but without them the club would simply not function.

The club will move forward, and as a Chelsea man I have no doubt that with the quality of the players that are there, they will continue with the success that we have all enjoyed over the past seasons.

– Frank Lampard

Lampard: Chelsea 'has become part of my life'

Frank Lampard gave no immediate indication as to what the future might hold, instead choosing to thank those who helped him make such a success of his Stamford Bridge career:

"When I arrived at this fantastic club 13 years ago I would never have believed that I would be fortunate enough to play so many games and enjoy sharing in so much success. This club has become part of my life and I have so many people to thank for the opportunity."

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Frank Lampard 'not finished yet... still got that quality'

Frank Lampard will leave Chelsea with plaudits from the club he served for 13 years ringing in his ears. The 35-year-old confirmed in a statement on Monday evening that he had played his last game for the Blues and will seek a new challenge after the World Cup.

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Fellow England midfielder James Milner said: "He's not finished yet. He's still got that quality and still has the goals, so I am sure he'll have plenty of offers and he will choose what is right.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech was the first of Lampard's Chelsea team-mates to pay tribute: "It has been a privilege to have played with a true cfc legend and one of the most influential PL players ever".

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