Frank Lampard has ended months of speculation by signing a new one-year contract with Chelsea.
After joining the club 12 years ago, Lampard has gone on to become the third-highest appearance maker at the club and their all-time top goalscorer.
In January, the club said that they were not going to offer the midfielder a new contract despite another impressive season from the 34-year-old.
However less than 24-hours after Lampard helped guide them to UEFA Europa League glory over Benfica, it has been confirmed that he has signed a one-year extension.
“Frank has been an important player
for Chelsea Football Club for a long time and has played a significant
part in the club’s succes,” Chief Executive Ron Gourlay told the club’s official website.
“We have been talking to him since the end of last year and our
discussions have been entirely positive throughout.
“We are delighted we
are now announcing an extension to his contract which will keep him at
the club until 2014.”
During his career at Stamford Bridge, Lampard has picked up plenty of silverware. He was won UEFA Champions League, the Premier League title on three
occasions, the FA Cup four times, the League Cup twice as well as the UEFA Europa League.
After so much speculation surrounding his future the midfielder was thrilled to finally put pen to paper and extend his stay at the club.
“I’m absolutely delighted,” he said. “Everybody knows I always
maintained the dream was to stay at Chelsea. We’ve been talking for ages
and even though it went on for quite a period it was always amicable.
“I want to thank Mr Abramovich for everything he’s done in making the
dream a reality. I love this club, the staff, the players and
especially the supporters, who have treated me fantastically since the
day I arrived.
“The thought of helping the club to more success in the forthcoming years is all I ever wanted. I couldn’t be happier.”