New York City star Frank Lampard has ruled out returning to the Premier League on loan this season.
Lampard, 37, cites injuries are the reason why he will not be temporarily returning to England and says he wants time off to prepare himself for the next MLS campaign.
Asked if he had any plans to come back to England, Lampard responded: “I need the rest to be fully fit next year for the club.
“I wish I could have not had the injuries, but every player has to accept that injuries come along sometimes.
“My aim now is to manage myself well for next season, to finish this season on a high, have some breaks at times, but keep ticking over, have a really good pre-season and throw everything into next year.”
The former Chelsea and Man City midfielder, who has struggled with a calf injury, has scored three goals in eight MLS appearances for NYCFC but his new side have missed out on the Eastern Conference play-offs.
“The important thing is to be professional to each other, individually to do the right thing for the last few games and for the fans and people who have supported us the full season,” added Lampard.
“We have to try and put in two good performances, two wins and finish on a high. I can’t talk highly enough about playing over here.
“I look forward to having a full year, cracking in next year and hopefully starting the season well, getting into the play-offs, which I think we should be as a club, and having a real crack at it.”