Lampard aims to carry on playing and wants to sign on at Chelsea for life
11:11 GMT, 29 April 2012
Frank Lampard hopes to commit his future to Chelsea for the rest of his career and will open talks about extending his stay at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
Lampard's future at the club looked bleak at the beginning of the season when he was in and out of the side under former boss Andre Villas-Boas, leading to speculation he could leave the club this summer, but has been an integral part of the starting XI since Roberto Di Matteo took temporary charge.
And with Di Matteo seemingly in a strong position to land the permanent post, having led Chelsea to the Champions League and FA Cup finals, Lampard is keen to extend a contract which is scheduled to expire in summer 2013.
Looking long term: Frank Lampard wants to commit his future to Chelsea
'I love Chelsea and, ideally, I will be here longer than just one more season,' he told the Sunday Mirror. 'I look at people like Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs at Manchester United and see what they are still doing and I would love to do the same for Chelsea. I want to emulate them.
'I considered playing abroad three or four years ago, that’s true. But I decided to be here at Chelsea for the long haul.
Not looking to move: Lampard thought about playing abroad in the past but now wants to stay at Stamford Bridge
'You can see what can be achieved by players like John Terry and Steven Gerrard who have been one-club men. Talks are planned with the club in the summer and as long as they want me, I would be more than happy to continue.
'As you get that bit older, you can’t play the same way as you did five or six years ago. But I still feel I can contribute. I still feel good and I feel fresh in training and I am enjoying my football as much as ever.'