World-class star confirms Chelsea deal ‘was on brink of being done’

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard admits he was on the brink of leaving last season.

The Blues’ all-time leading goalscorer did not sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge until after he had captained the side to Europa League success in May, despite his deal expiring at the end of the season.

And Lampard now admits his Chelsea future was a very close-run thing, but says he could not have joined another Premier League side, despite reports at the time linking him with a move to Manchester United.

‘Yes, there was [a genuine possibility of leaving] because at one stage I was out of contract and I wasn’t going to get a new one,’ he told FourFourTwo.

‘It was the first time I had been in that situation, so I had to open my eyes to going elsewhere. But I didn’t want to leave because I still have a lot to offer.

‘If I had left I would have gone abroad, I just can’t imagine myself playing for another Premier League team after such a long career at Chelsea.’ (Metro)

Many are still happy that he did not leave the club

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