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Frank Lampard leaves New York City FC

Frank Lampard leaves New York City FC

14/11/2016 at 16:41

New York City FC have confirmed that Frank Lampard is leaving the club following the expiration of his contract.

Lampard, 38, joined the MLS club in 2014 and after being frustrated by injuries at the start of his career in the United States, departs having scored an impressive 15 goals in 31 games.

His career tally now stands at over 300 goals in over 1,000 games, but as yet Lampard has not confirmed whether he will be retiring from football.

Lampard 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. 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."

NYCFC were knocked out of the Conference semi-finals by Toronto, losing their first meeting 2-0 away and then being hammered 5-0 at home.

On an Instagram post, he said he would be "making an announcement very soon" about the next stage of his career.

NYCFC manager Patrick Vieira said of Lampard: “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.”

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