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.

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Frank Lampard: 203 Chelsea goals

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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.''


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