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Chelsea tribute for Lampard



Chelsea have confirmed that Frank Lampard will be honoured as a special guest at Saturday’s Premier League match against Swansea City.
Lampard, who left New York City FC at the end of his contract last November, announced his retirement from football this month.
The former England international became Chelsea’s record goal scorer and won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League in a glittering 13-year spell at Stamford Bridge.
The 38-year-old will be given his own lap of honour at half-time of Chelsea’s home clash with Swansea and will also feature in a special match day programme.
“Lampard, the club’s all-time highest goal scorer, will be at Stamford Bridge to cheer on the Blues, and during the break he will be brought out and walked around the pitch, giving supporters the opportunity to show their appreciation for what he achieved during a wonderful 13-year Chelsea career,” Chelsea said via their official website.
“To mark the fact Lampard will be a special guest at the Saturday’s match day programme will come with a special wrap-around cover paying tribute to our former midfielder, featuring images of some of his most memorable moments.”
Swansea boss Paul Clement admitted that he tried to persuade Lampard to move to the Liberty Stadium before he took the decision to retire.
“I would have loved to have had him here,” Clement told a news conference on February 2. “So I would be lying if I said I did not try. But I think he was moving towards the decision he made.
“I fully respect that. We had a chat and he appreciated I had called because of our relationship. I am not saying it was close – it did not go very far – but it would have been nice.
“It would be great to see Frank continue in the game of football. I am sure he will think about it over the next weeks and months.
“He has got a lot to offer and I would like to say congratulations to him on such a wonderful career.”

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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