Frank Lampard considered leaving Chelsea this summer but the club's record goalscorer was delighted to be offered a 12-month extension and now hopes to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond the term of his new deal.
The England midfielder hinted he would be thrilled if former manager Jose Mourinho returns to the Blues to fill the vacancy interim boss Rafael Benitez will leave behind when he departs at the end of the season.
But the only certainty just days after Chelsea's Europa League triumph against Benfica was that Lampard, who turns 35 next month and was captain for the game, will be spending another year with the club.
"I think everybody knows how much I wanted to stay here. I'm just very pleased now to look to the future," Lampard said.
There had been doubts if Chelsea wanted to keep the player who last Saturday surpassed Bobby Tambling's 43-year-old club goal-scoring record tally, netting twice at Aston Villa to take his Chelsea tally to 203 goals.
Lampard stressed talks had been going on in private for a while, but at one stage he was considering life away from the club he joined from West Ham in 2001.
"From January onwards I was allowed to look at my other options, and it wasn't cut and dried.
"As you get older you start to think about the time to walk away or when you might be told to walk away.
"But I love it here. I've got a great association with the club and with the fans. It is my life here and that's what I didn't want to change.
"I want that to continue for as long as possible. I'd love to be part of the next few years of Chelsea developing."