Lampard admits he feared Chelsea exit

Frank Lampard has revealed he thought his Chelsea days were coming to an end when the club initially hesitated over offering him a new contract, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Lampard this week put pen to paper on a new deal to remain at Stamford Bridge, signing fresh terms the day after Chelsea won the Europa League in a 2-1 victory against Benfica and less than a week after he became the club’s all-time top scorer with a brace of goals against Aston Villa, also in a 2-1 win, this time guaranteeing Champions League football for the club next season.

But it looked as if Lampard would be heading for pastures new after more than a decade in Chelsea colours when the board declined to sign him to a new deal in a move widely condemned by supporters of the club. And Lampard admits he thought he would have to find a new club, given the original stance of the Chelsea hierarchy.

There’s no secret I wanted to stay here but there was a time, around January-February, when I thought I might have to move on,” Lampard said. “I’d been injured through November, out for nearly two months this season. It was a funny time for me and the club were looking to move forward.

It was more difficult off the pitch. When you go home you stew on things. I’d always been very secure here and had long-term contracts but it became different,” the Chelsea vice-captain added.

Chelsea have since claimed that the first contact over extending Lampard’s stay at the club was made around New Year, while Lampard went on to say that the only thing he could do was work hard and prove his worth despite the speculation. “It was up to me to get my head down and show I wanted to stay,” he said.

I wasn’t ever fed-up with the club but it was a difficult situation. Sometimes communication is the best thing and then everything becomes clear. Maybe there wasn’t so much communication and then things get their own legs,” Lampard noted.

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