In a shock move, Chelsea veteran and England midfielder Frank Lampard has agreed to join New York City FC on a free transfer, according to UK media reports on Sunday.
Lampard had only signed a one-year extension with Chelsea on his deal at the end of last season. He has been with the top club since 2001 and is now leaving as a free agent.
The 35-year-old will be joining David villa in the new club to begin his journey in the MLS.
Both Lampard and Villa were at Manchester City’s Carrington complex to finalize their moves. Manchester City have expansion rights on New York City FC – the second franchise from the city after New York Red Bulls.
But it is understood that Lampard will be earning less than the weekly wages of £150,000 he earned at Chelsea. But he is set to earn more through bonuses, according to Sportskeeda.com.
Lampard has had a trophy laden career at Chelsea winning the Premier League thrice, the FA Cup four times and the League Cup twice. He also won one Champions League title and followed it up with the Europa League trophy.
He is the club’s all-time highest goal scorer with 211 goals to his name over the course of 13 seasons.