Frank Lampard broke Chelsea’s goalscoring record on Saturday during their Premier League clash with Aston Villa, and the former West Ham star is relishing sitting atop the charts, reports Sky
The 34-year-old scored two second half goals to help Chelsea to a 2-1 win – a result that almost guarantees their Champions League qualification.
Spurs, who currently sit fifth, are six behind Chelsea with two games remaining, but even if the Blues lose their last game and Spurs win their last two, a goal difference turnaround of at least 18 would be required to see Chelsea fail to reach Europe’s top club competition.
Lampard’s goals mean he has now scored 203 goals for the West Londoners, with Bobby Tambling’s previous record of 202 having stood for 47 years.
The England midfielder said: “I have been here a long time, I lost my mum a few years ago and she was my biggest supporter so it’s for her.
“It’s right up there. Not much beats Munich [last season’s Champions League success] because that was amazing for the team and the club but personally it is another great day and I am really pleased.
“Bobby Tambling is a great man and I was pleased to level, but didn’t want to overcook that celebration out of respect for him.
“But then to go and break it I was delighted and I am just very pleased to do it today.”
Lampard remained humble as ever, thanking his team-mates and the club’s fans for helping him across the finishing line.
He continued: “It means everything, it’s amazing. The support I have had from my team-mates I think you can see that there at the end and I am thankful to every one of them because they are the ones who put it on the plate for me sometimes.
“And the fans they have all been willing me to do it for a long time and have probably been frustrated alongside me not getting there.
“I am just delighted; the way the fans were there at the end is everything what it means to me.”
The Mirror also carries a story on Lampard, saying that Chelsea are ready to make this an even more special week for the veteran as they are finally ready to open talks over a contract extension.
There had been fears among the Chelsea faithful that Lampard would leave the club in the summer after they initially decided they would be unlikely to offer a new deal, but they now look set to back down and put an offer on the table.
They hope to have a new deal signed, sealed and delivered ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League final with Benfica on Wednesday night.
Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez has stated his belief that Lampard can continue to play at the highest level for years to come, whether it is at Chelsea or elsewhere.
The Spaniard said: “He is a great professional and looks after himself well.
“Yes, he can carry on playing many more games. We look at the stats after the match and with Lampard there is no problem. He has been amazing.
“He works so hard. He is a good professional and he is good for the team. He is an intelligent player and he always has knack of scoring goals. As for the record, I’m pleased for him.”
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