Frank Lampard says he is “done” with the Premier League as he prepares for his final two games in the top flight of English football.
“I’ve been very fortunate to play for such a long time in this league with some great players and managers and against some great opponents,” Lampard said, speaking to Sky Sports.
“But it’s certainly time for me to move on. It’s time for me to look back and be that old bloke who says ‘I used to play there’. I’m very ready for that. ”
“Nothing could persuade me more than the idea of Christmas with the family where I can have a bit more turkey and stay up a bit later with the family. That’s me done.”
Despite a career stretching two decades, Lampard only played for four clubs: West Ham, Chelsea, City and Swansea, where he spent eight games on loan as a teenager. A fifth will be New York City FC, which Lampard Lampard will join at the end of his loan spell with Manchester City.
Lampard added a curious fact about his early career: he believes that a short spell in south Wales as a 17-year-old was a crucial experience.
There he suffered a relegation and also learned what he calls the “ruthless world” of the dressing room.
“It was Harry Redknapp who sent me on loan to Swansea When he said it I thought: ‘Do I need to go on loan to Swansea?’ I had only just passed my driving test and it was a good four hours. I was in my comfort zone at West Ham as a kid.”
“My mum used to be my cooking and washing for me and then I went to Swansea and I was amongst grown men. It was a man’s dressing room and I was a boy. They used to dig me out for my puppy fat. It’s a ruthless world, the football dressing room at times. ”
“It was then I realised the game wasn’t all beautiful. There were some difficult parts to it, especially fighting at the bottom of the old division two. It really opened my eyes.”