“He has played 575 games, scored 190 goals, and captained the Blues on their greatest night when they lifted the Champions League trophy on May 19 this year.
He has also won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, and two League Cups in more than 11 years in West London.
But as far as Chelsea are concerned, Lampard is yesterday’s news. It is time for the new boys to take over and for Lamps to get out of town.
A close friend said: “Frank was very emotional during the Villa game especially when the fans were chanting ‘sign him up, sign him up’.
“Their support meant so much to him and that is why he saluted them as he went off, knowing it might be his last appearance at Stamford Bridge.
“He put in a really heroic performance, one that was typical of his time at Chelsea and he felt strong and fit.
“He’s not ready to go and bring an end to the glory days but the club has other ideas. Frank has been a great ambassador for Chelsea and for English football.
“He is everything you would want in a top-class midfield player.
“You cannot measure what Frank has given to Chelsea, it is incalculable and for them to treat him this way leaves a really sour taste.”
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