English midfielder Frank Lampard has announced that he is leaving New York City FC when his contract expires at the end of 2016.
The Chelsea legend signed for the club in 2014 but initially spent a season with their parent club Manchester City in the Premier League.
Having arrived in the at Yankee Stadium midway through the 2015 MLS season, the 38-year-old has gone on to score 15 goals in 31 appearances.
He posted: “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 team-mates 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.”
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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. All the people that work behind the scenes at NYCFC have made it so easy for me to work and settle here. 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. I leave with many great memories as I embark on the next stage of my career and I’ll be making an announcement very soon. @nycfc
NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira said of Lampard: “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 mentor-ship 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.”
Speculations have already been made of Lampard returning to Chelsea on a coaching role or an ambassadorial role.
Lampard is the all-time highest goalscorer for the London club and would certainly be welcomed by fans and the board.