Latest Football Transfer News 26-07-2012
Lampard keen to continue
Midfielder wants new Chelsea deal and still has England ambitions
Last Updated: July 26, 2012 8:55am
Frank Lampard: Wants to sign a new deal at Chelsea
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard wants to keep playing for club and country as long as he can contribute.
After 11 years with the Blues, the 34-year-old has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge with his contract due to expire next summer.
But the midfielder is hoping to secure a new deal at Chelsea - even though he accepts his situation at the club has changed now he is coming towards the end of his career.
"I've had a great time playing for Chelsea and I hope I can prolong it," said Lampard.
"In an ideal world I'd finish here and keep giving what I have given over the past 10 years.
"I'm ready to sit down and talk to Chelsea whenever they want to but it's not the same as when you are 25.
"Then they come to you or you knock the door down with a couple of years to go to extend it. When you get into your thirties you accept it's not that way any more.
"Chelsea will always be my club regardless of what happens now in terms of my playing days. I'd love to be able to offer the hand of experience and just be a presence there.
"I'm ready to sit down and talk to Chelsea whenever they want to but it's not the same as when you are 25. Then they come to you or you knock the door down with a couple of years to go to extend it. When you get into your thirties you accept it's not that way any more."
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"But, in playing terms, I do need to feel I can do it. I wouldn't be fulfilled if I wasn't."
Lampard missed England's Euro 2012 campaign through injury and will turn 36 during the next major tournament, but he has no plans to retire from international football just yet.
"I'm very keen to continue playing for England," he added. "I'm not a person who wants to retire at an early age.
"If I don't play for my country any more, it will only be because they don't pick me or I can no longer give what I want to give in an England shirt. And I don't feel that yet.
"The minute I feel I can't contribute I will go. There will be no ego thing of trying to hang around for more caps.
"At the moment I have 90 and I would love to go on and make it to 100. But I wouldn't want to be there as a charity case and they're rolling me out just to get to some milestone.
"I only want 100 if I deserve it. That's an amazing achievement for anyone, as it means you've played at the highest level for a very long time.
"I'd be very proud if I got there and my dad and my family would be even prouder. That would be the nicest thing for me.
"But I'm already very proud of what I've done for England. I've played 90 games and if I didn't play another I'd still be happy with that.
"Missing the Euros was a huge disappointment at the time. I came into the squad off the back of our Champions League final win and was really bouncing with excitement.
"But I suffered a thigh injury on the second day of training and was devastated when I knew I was going to miss the Championships.
"It was frustrating to watch the tournament and see us get knocked out by Italy.
"Yet maybe it has put something in the bank for me in terms of resting my legs through the summer, something I don't normally get."