Frank Lampard has been speaking about his career as a Chelsea player, and has revealed that he most regrets how it all ended, reports the Daily Mail. The talismanic midfielder enjoyed 13 years at the Stamford Bridge club, but was denied the opportunity to conduct an official farewell with the fans, as his future was still undecided as last season drew to a close.
Lampard made 648 appearances for Chelsea in total, notching a club record 211 goals for the club. Though his influence on the side waned a little over recent campaigns, he has proven one of the most consistent and talented players that the Premier League has ever seen.
A legend at Chelsea, he was unfortunately denied the opportunity to stage a ‘leaving party’ at the end of last season, because he did not want to be left with egg on his face. The player felt that it was likely he would leave the London club during the summer just passed, but he could not be sure. In the event that a U-turn was made and he signed a new deal with Chelsea, then a leaving party would have seemed a little anti-climactic and foolish.
‘I didn’t want to do the big parade – ‘Thanks a lot and goodbye everyone’ – because that would have looked a bit foolish if it had gone the other way and I’d stayed,’ said Lampard. ‘I ended up stuck in the middle. So I just did the usual lap and a wave because we knew Ash [Cole] was leaving, we had a bit of a moment with him,’ he continued. ‘There are not a lot of things I regret in my Chelsea career but not being able to say my goodbyes properly to all of the Chelsea fans is certainly one.’