Frank Lampard is at the stage of his career where he is happy to take it season-by-season at Chelsea, rather than look for a long-term contract.
The 35-year-old has been a key member of the Blues setup since his £11million arrival from West Ham United in 2001, having played a vital role in much of the success during the Roman Abramovich era. It looked for a while that last season could have been his last at Stamford Bridge, until he was finally rewarded with a new contract towards the end of the campaign.
Lampard will be approaching the end of this deal in the spring, but as he continues to be heavily involved under Jose Mourinho, there is already talk that he will be offered another extension. However, the England international midfielder insists this is not something he is too concerned with, and is instead happy to take things as they come at this stage of his career.
“It is season by season for me,” he told the Fulham Chronicle.
“I feel fit and strong. I am enjoying playing pretty regularly at the minute and if I can show that I am good enough to carry on playing then I will try to do that. Having been at Chelsea for 13 years now, I can’t quite see myself playing in the Premier League anywhere else. Anywhere in England really. If I can keep contributing here…I don’t want to be a passenger, sitting on the bench and not doing much, even in my older years. So, as I said, I will take it year by year.”
Lampard has featured in all 12 of Chelsea’s Premier League matches so far this season, starting ten of them, and has chipped in with three goals. He has also played in all of their UEFA Champions League matches, and was in the side which lost the UEFA Super Cup to Bayern Munich.