Frank Lampard signs for New York City after Chelsea release
New York City have confirmed the signing of Frank Lampard, following his release from Chelsea at the end of last season after the midfielder’s contract expired.
The 36-year-old will team up with David Villa, after the Spaniard also signed from Atletico Madrid earlier this summer, and joins former Premier League players Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Thierry Henry in the MLS.
Lampard was understandably delighted to have made the move to the Big Apple, and is looking forward to the next stage of his career: “New York City ticked all the boxes for me, it is a very exciting challenge.
“Now I know where I’m playing, I need to think about my England future,” said Lampard who will go out on loan before the 2015 season begins.
Major League Soccer has worked hard to significantly raise its profile over the past decade, making David Beckham the first high profile signing in 2007, when the ex-Manchester United man signed for LA Galaxy on a lucrative five-year deal.
The USA performed admirably at the World Cup in Brazil, exceeding expectations, proving they are no pushovers. Real Madrid are a number of clubs that are currently on a pre-season tour of America, United among them, and Gareth Bale has spoken warmly about the league.
“I think US soccer is on the rise,” Bale said. “I think it showed this year in the World Cup. They had a record amount of viewers watching them and I think for a while now it’s kept improving. I think a lot more people are watching it.
“The standard of the game over here is going up,” the Welshman continued.
“If we help that by coming over, then that’s great and I think a lot of players are finding it very exciting to come over here to play football, and I’m sure a lot of people will continue to do that.”
Lampard won three Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Europa League, four FA Cups and two League Cups while playing for Chelsea.