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Lampard ´would love´ Chelsea return

SoccerNews in English Premier League 24 Dec 2016

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Frank Lampard admits he would love to return to Chelsea, but is in no rush to make a decision on his future.

The 38-year-old is a free agent after leaving New York City last month following a fruitful spell in MLS.

Lampard’s visit to Chelsea training this week has prompted speculation of a return to the club and manager Antonio Conte confirmed the Blues’ all-time top goalscorer is not yet interested in retiring in order to take up a coaching role.

Though the former England international is calm over his next move, he says that the chance to go back to Stamford Bridge would be tough to turn down.

“I’m still waiting for the five-year contract to come through from Chelsea, they haven’t called yet. We used to get those easily,” he told Sky Sports.

“Myself and John [Terry] are Chelsea through and through. Whatever happens, in some capacity I will be at Chelsea, whether that’s with my season ticket watching them, but I don’t know.

“I will be in very close contact, whether I have a role, that’s not all in my hands so I can’t go any further than that.  

“I am very relaxed about it, which is a nice place to be. I’m not kind of eager that the end of my career is coming and thinking, ‘What’s going to happen now?’

“I’m relaxed and if the right thing comes, then I’ll take it. Obviously Chelsea, I would love that, but it doesn’t always work that way.

“I’ve taken this Christmas to enjoy family, a couple of beers and an extra turkey and I’ll make a decision in January whether I carry on playing – I have a few options – or finish and move on to whatever the next thing will be.”

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