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Lampard ready to make move from Blues

FRANK LAMPARD insists he has "two or three years at least" left to give as an elite footballer - even if Chelsea appear to think otherwise.

England midfielder Lampard yesterday admitted his glittering career with the European champions could be drawing to a close, after revealing he was not in talks with them over a new contract to replace the one that expires next summer.

Lampard appeared resigned to his fate after helping Chelsea into the Club World Cup final in Yokohama, the 34-year-old coming off the bench against Monterrey for his second appearance since recovering from a troublesome calf problem.

That compounded an injury-hit 2012 that might have convinced Chelsea his time at Stamford Bridge was up but Lampard made it clear he had more to give.

"I feel like I have two or three years at least in me at the top level," he said.


"It is not for me to decide on this one. It's up to the club.

"Whatever happens, I have had a great time at Chelsea.

"I am determined to play a few more years and see what pans out in the near future."

Lampard, whose 11 years' service at Chelsea and third place in the club's all-time list of scorers has seen him become a fan favourite, added: "There have been no talks about anything about an extension.

"Maybe things don't last forever. Although I want it to last forever, you have to be big enough to know what it is."

Lampard has been linked with moves to Los Angeles Galaxy, Chinese club Guizhou Rehne and a host of other clubs -- even Arsenal.

Already short in midfield, Chelsea are unlikely to let him leave in January but he could sign a pre-contract agreement elsewhere.

Lampard added: "I'm not the kind of player to see out my time and sit with my bum on the bench too much. I want to be involved.


"I will keep trying to do that, whatever the circumstances."

Lampard's seven and a half weeks out injured co-incided with Chelsea's worst winless Premier League run for 15 years, the sacking of manager Roberto Di Matteo and the appointment of Rafael Benitez as interim boss.

It also spanned the entirety of the Mark Clattenburg affair, over which team-mate John Obi Mikel yesterday broke his silence.

Mikel is currently serving a three-match domestic ban for threatening Clattenburg after Chelsea's acrimonious Premier League defeat in October.

The Nigeria international did so after being told by team-mate Ramires that the referee had called him "a monkey" during the game, something which the official was last month cleared of by the FA.

The police also declined to take action against Clattenburg, and Mikel said yesterday: "I think now it is done I am glad it is over. I am sure he is glad it is over as well, and the FA is glad it is all put to bed and we can move on from here."