Lampard leaves New York City FC for ‘next stage of career’

Ian Watson

Frank Lampard has announced he is leaving New York City FC, with an announcement due “very soon” over his next move. 

The former England midfielder departs the MLS club upon the conclusion of his contract, having scored 15 goals in 31 games for the recently-formed franchise.

Lampard made the announcement in an instagram post in which he said: “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. 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 coach Patrick Vieira praised Lampard for embracing the challenge in MLS and offering leadership and guidance to the team’s younger players.

Vieira told the club’s website: “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 mentorship 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.”

Sporting Director Claudio Reyna added: “On and off the pitch he has been a fantastic ambassador.

“I would tell any young player to watch Frank, to see how he’s conducted himself over the last two years and to use that as inspiration as to how an elite, professional footballer should approach the game. From the second he walked through the door, he’s set the example.

“Frank will always be part of the history of this club and we thank him for playing an important role in so many special moments in our young history.”