Frank Lampard legger opp

Chelsea-legenden gir seg i en alder av 38.

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Det bekrefter Lampard på Instagram.

Lampard begynte karrieren i West Ham. I 2001 gikk han til Chelsea, der han ble værende frem til 2014. Lampard scoret 147 mål på 429 kamper for London-klubben.

Siden har Lampard spilt fotball i Manchester City og New York City.

– Etter 21 utrolige år har jeg bestemt meg for å legge opp som profesjonell fotballspiller. Jeg har mottatt en rekke interessante tilbud fra både inn- og utland, men som 38-åring føler jeg nå det er riktig å starte et nytt kapittel i livet, skriver han.

I Chelsea vant Lampard blant annet Premier League tre ganger, FA-cupen fire ganger og mesterligaen én gang. I 2005 ble han kåret til årets spiller i England.

After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer. Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life. I’m immensely proud of the trophies I’ve won, of representing my country over 100 times and of scoring more than 300 career goals. I have many people to thank. I thank my parents for instilling in me the values of hard work, dedication and professionalism, values which I have carried with me in everything that I do. I am forever grateful for the support of my family, my wife Christine and my two daughters Luna and Isla. What you have given me off the pitch has always been my strength on it. I love you all very much. Also, my friends and my own team that have always been there for me. I would like to thank the amazing team-mates, coaches, managers and backroom staff that I was privileged to work with. I’d also like to pay tribute to the clubs that I have represented. Firstly, West Ham United who gave me my debut in 1996. Thanks to the people there that believed in me at that young age. More recently Manchester City and NYCFC. I greatly enjoyed my last playing years at these two clubs and really appreciate the support I received from City Football Group and both clubs’ fans. Of course, the largest part of my heart belongs to Chelsea, a club which has given me so many great memories. I will never forget the opportunity they gave me and the success that we managed to achieve together. It is impossible to give thanks individually to all the people that helped and supported me in my 13 years playing there. All I can say is from the day I signed until now and going forward, I'm eternally grateful for everything and to everyone. Chelsea fans gave myself and my teammates such incredible support. Their passion and hunger drove me on personally to give my best year after year. I couldn't have done it without them. Looking forward, I'm grateful to the FA for the opportunity to study for my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field opportunities that this decision opens.

En video publisert av Frank Lampard (@franklampard)

– Størstedelen av hjertet mitt tilhører Chelsea. Klubben har gitt meg så mange gode minner. Jeg vil aldri glemme den muligheten de ga meg og suksessen vi oppnådde sammen. Det er umulig å takke hver eneste person som hjalp og støttet meg i de 13 årene jeg var i Chelsea. Alt jeg kan si er at jeg har vært evig takknemlig fra øyeblikket jeg signerte til nå. Chelsea-fansen ga en enorm støtte til meg og mine lagkamerater. Deres lidenskap og sult drev meg videre til å gi alt jeg hadde år etter år. Jeg kunne ikke gjort det uten dem, fortsetter han.