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The ball is in Chelsea’s court: Lampard

Chelsea’s veteran midfielder Frank Lampard wants to play on for two or three more years but says this campaign could be his last at Stamford Bridge.

The 34-year-old England international’s contract comes to an end this season and talks have yet to take place on a new deal.

‘Nothing has been said,’ the Chelsea vice-captain told reporters after Thursday’s 3-1 victory over Mexican side Monterrey in the Club World Cup semifinals.

‘Talks about a one-year extension, a two-year extension, don’t exist. The ball is in Chelsea’s court,’ said Lampard.  ‘Whatever happens I’ve had a great time with Chelsea - maybe things don’t last forever. Although I want it to last forever, you have to be big enough to know what the situation is.’

Lampard, who has won everything there is to win in English football and also landed the European Champions League trophy in Munich in May, is desperate to prolong his 11-year stay at Chelsea.

‘I’m not the kind of player to just see out my time and sit on the bench. I want to be involved,’ added Lampard. 

‘That’s my character. I will keep trying to do that whatever the circumstances. I feel like I have two or three years in me at the top level.’
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