Lampard out to emulate Giggs

Frank Lampard is targeting a few more years at the top and says he would love to emulate Ryan Giggs' longevity.

Last Updated: 12/05/13 at 08:09 Post Comment

Frank Lampard: 203 Chelsea goals

Frank Lampard: 203 Chelsea goals

The future may be far from certain for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, but he is targeting a few more years at the top.

The England midfielder will be 35 in June and his current contract expires at the end of the season, when a decision will be made which sees him stay or leave Stamford Bridge.

Lampard, who broke Chelsea's all-time goalscoring record with two strikes in Saturday's 2-1 win at Aston Villa taking his tally to 203, has stated his preference to finish his career at Chelsea.

But wherever his future lies, he hopes to emulate the longevity of Manchester United stars Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.

"I'd love to carry on as long as I feel I can do and I feel I'm fit,'' Lampard said.

"I'd love to do that, for another three or four years. I'd love to emulate those boys.

"Ryan Giggs (has) got an aura around him. All the players at the club look up to him. He's the mark.''

Lampard has even adopted some of Giggs' training methods in recent years, including yoga - "I have to fight myself to do it,'' Lampard said - in a far cry from his early years at Chelsea.

Lampard joined the club from West Ham in 2001 and whether his 12-year spell comes to an end, or is extended, it is appropriate to reflect on a stunning career as a goalscoring midfielder.

It is not the first time his Blues career has been uncertain.

The arrival of billionaire oligarch Roman Abramovich as owner in the summer of 2003 left the existing squad fearful amid the imminent influx of global superstars.

Lampard said: "Every summer you thought: 'Blimey, there's more coming in, am I going to play?'

"The ones that stayed here were the determined ones and the ones that fought to try to up their level to stay in the team.

"The John Terrys of the world, at that time the Eidur Gudjohnsens. We went through that transition and became important players for the Roman era.''

As he prepared to leave West Ham, Lampard was aware of interest from Manchester United, but insisted he never had a choice to make.

Sir Alex Ferguson's departure from Old Trafford, announced this week, could benefit Chelsea, who may once again be managed by Jose Mourinho.

Lampard welcomed the possibility of the self-titled Special One's second coming, but is unsure if the Portuguese's arrival would prompt the issuing of a contract extension for himself.

Whoever the next boss is, it will be the 10th permanent appointment of Abramovich's reign.

While some will criticise the Russian's hiring-and-firing policy, Lampard has nothing but admiration.

"Roman Abramovich completely transformed the club,'' Lampard said.

"It became a winning club and that was certainly down to him.''


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Digne agent denies Liverpool talks

Lucas Digne's agent has denied reports he has held talks with Liverpool regarding a move to Anfield for the Paris Saint-Germain left-back.

Mourinho scuppered Reds' Costa move

A new biography has revealed how Jose Mourinho scuppered Liverpool's bid to sign Diego Costa - a year before he arrived in west London.

Ramos 'extends' Real Madrid contract

Manchester United's pursuit of Sergio Ramos is over after the centre-back agreed a new contract extension at Real Madrid.

Mail Box

Getting Tired Of De Gea's Disrespect

One Manchester United fan is growing weary of David de Gea's disrespect. Plus thoughts on Southampton's summer, Balotelli loan, and Depay in the centre. Why?

Mails: This Is My Perfect Moment

Lots of Mailboxers channel their inner Martine McCutcheon to bring you their perfect footballing moments. Plus thoughts on Blatter, names, and Chelsea worries...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company