England international hoping to emulate the likes of Giggs and Scholes.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard admits he hopes to emulate the likes of Ryan Giggs by staying with the Blues for years to come, but still awaits a decision on his future.
The 35-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, but has maintained his desire to see out his playing days at the club he joined back in 2001.
The England international secured the club’s all-time scoring record with his brace against Aston Villa on Saturday, but has been part of interim coach Rafa Benitez’s rotation policy which has seen him play a more limited role this year.
The speculated return of old boss Jose Mourinho in the summer may change his standing in the squad, but Lampard is keen to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge and follow in the footsteps of the likes of Manchester United pair Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes by leaving a legacy at a club.
“I’d love to carry on as long as I feel I can do it and I feel I’m fit,” he told the media as reported by Sky Sports.
“I’d love to do that, for another three of four years. I’d love to emulate those boys.
“Ryan Giggs [has] got an aura around him. All the players at the club look up to him. He’s the mark,” he added.
Lampard admitted that the easiest part of the season has been playing, allowing him to forget about the speculation over his future and just to continue helping the club.
However, he also revealed this isn’t the first time he has been uncertain over his future at the Bridge, as he looked back to 2003 when owner Roman Abramovich first arrived at the club.
“Every summer you thought: ‘Blimey, there’s more coming in, am I going to play?’ The ones that stayed here were the determined ones and the ones that fought to try to up their level to stay in the team.
“The John Terrys of the world, at that time the Eidur Gudjohnsens. We went through that transition and became important players for the Roman era.
“Roman Abramovich completely transformed the club. It became a winning club and that was certainly down to him,” he concluded.
Lampard will await news on whether he is selected to feature in the Europa League final against Benfica on Wednesday, and will then hope to secure a new deal with the club this summer.