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Chelsea legend Lampard leaves New York City

Frank Lampard is on his way. Photo: PA

Former England midfielder Frank Lampard will leave New York City after the expiration of his contract.

Lampard, 38, joined the Major League Soccer club in 2014, suffering a poor start to his time in America.

In his final season with the club he regained his form and was seen as the most improved player in the league.

Frank Lampard is off. Credit: PA

As my time at NYCFC comes to an end, I would like to thank so many people for the kindness and support that they have shown me over the last two years.

My teammates have been a pleasure to play alongside. The amazing fans have given me incredible support and backing.

I have very much enjoyed my time, and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play for such a great club and in such an incredible city.

– Frank Lampard

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Head coach Patrick Vieira spoke glowingly about the veteran midfielder, who could now announce his retirement from playing.

Everybody talks about Frank’s goal-scoring record from midfield but I can tell you after a year of working with him, he brings so much more to a team than just goals.

What Frank has brought to the locker room is something just as important – his experience, his elite mentality and his mentorship for the younger members of our squad have helped us greatly this year.

It is clear that Frank has embraced playing in this league and for this club. I am grateful for his service in my first year here and I wish him the very best in whatever he chooses to do next.

– Patrick Vieira