Blues legend plays down time on loan with City.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has attempted to win back the support of his old fans by insisting he is still ‘a Chelsea man’ despite his stop-gap move to Manchester City.
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In a lengthy interview with the Times, the 36-year-old cleared up the confusion surrounding his summer move to the Etihad Stadium via MLS side New York City, insisting there IS a deal in place for him to play in the US, contrary to recent speculation.
Lampard added that although he is happy to be given the chance to keep playing in the Premier League this term, he only sees City as a ‘stopover’ move, and that he still holds strong feelings for Chelsea after his long career at Stamford Bridge.
“I will always be a Chelsea man,” he said. “This is more of a stopover period.
“I’m not belittling Man City by saying that, because it’s a huge club and they’ve been amazing to me. I was 36 and Man City wanted me to go there and play for them for a period.
“I swear to God, if I went to the [Stamford] Bridge and they booed me for 90 minutes and I scored the winner, I still wouldn’t celebrate. It would never come into my head and I think the fans there understand me and how I feel about it. I would never celebrate against Chelsea. That would be ridiculous.”