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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".


Police investigate coin-throwing at Chelsea

The alleged coin-throwing happened after Lampard scored his 200th goal Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Police are investigating claims that West Ham supporters threw coins at Frank Lampard following his 200th goal for Chelsea at the weekend.

In a statement, West Ham said:

"West Ham United will be working with Chelsea to investigate the reports of missile throwing during Sunday's game at Stamford Bridge.

Any individual found to have acted in an inappropriate way will have to face the consequences of their actions, including the possibility of a ban from attending future matches."

Football plus pirates = Lampard's first kids book

The first book, Frankie Versus The Pirate Pillagers, will be published in June. Credit: Little Brown.

Publishers Little Brown say the first installment in the series, Frankie versus the Pirate Pillagers, will hit bookshops in June this year.

Two more titles, Frankie versus the Rowdy Romans and Frankie versus the Mummy’s Menace are scheduled for 2013, with a further two slated for early 2014.

Editorial Director Samantha Smith said:

"It's crucial to get kids excited about reading at an early age and Frank's vision for a series about friendship, football and fun will do just that. We think it’s brilliant and we're sure readers - and parents - will agree."

Frank Lampard signs new an author

Frank Lampard. Credit: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Footballer Frank Lampard has signed a new deal - but unfortunately for Chelsea fans it is with a publisher to write children's books.

The midfielder is writing a series of five stories, based on the adventures of a school boy, his football-loving friends, and pet dog Max. Aimed at children aged five and over, the series with publishers Little Brown will be called "Frankie's Magic Football".

Lampard said the characters were "loosely based on friends and team mates" he's played with over the years.

He said: "I first had the idea of Frankie and his Magic Football when reading stories to my own children. Sport and reading are two essentials for us at home, so I decided to make up my own football stories and adventures."

Lampard is not the first footballer to turn author - Arsenal star Theo Walcott has written a series of children's books and former England manager, Terry Venables, co-wrote a series of crime novels.

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