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Lampard signs with MSL club New York City

Saturday, July 26, 2014

NEW YORK - Chelsea's all-time top scorer Frank Lampard has signed with Major League Soccer 2015 expansion side New York City FC, but his England international future remains uncertain.

The 36-year-old midfielder played for England last month in the World Cup.

"In terms of England, I've had a bit of time after the World Cup, which was obviously a huge disappointment," Lampard, who has 106 international caps, said on Thursday.

"I now need to think about England and think about what I want to do next. Now I know where I'll be playing my football next year I can make that decision."

Lampard scored 211 goals in 13 seasons at Chelsea where he won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and the 2012 Champions League.

"It was a good time for myself and Chelsea that I moved on," Lampard said.

"Chelsea will always have a huge part in my heart. I wish Chelsea the best."

The Blues replied on Twitter, saying, "Wishing Frank Lampard the very best of luck in New York! SuperFrank."

Lampard joins a team that signed ex-Spain star David Villa to a three-year deal last month and is guided by sporting director Claudio Reyna, a retired US star, and coached by Jason Kreis.

"Simply said he's one of the greatest players in world history," Reyna said. "He's a professional. A leader. He ticked all the boxes in terms of the qualities to help grow our team."

Lampard called the US move a challenge to his talents instead of a risk to his legacy.

"It's not a risk. I want to carry on challenging myself. I want to be that leader on and off the pitch."

"I will fight to make NYCFC a club that New Yorkers will be proud of."

The club, a joint effort between Major League Baseball's New York Yankees and English Premier League side Manchester City, will launch its inaugural season next year, playing out of Yankee Stadium until a planned new park is completed.

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