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Since signing for Chelsea in 2001, "Super" Frank Lampard has attained legendary status at Stamford Bridge. Having scored 199 goals for the club and captaining the side on their triumphant night in Munich, scoring a penalty in the shootout, Lampard is on course to break the Chelsea all-time goalscoring record of 202 set by Bobby Tambling in the 1960s.
His contract expires in June and at the age of 34, he is subject to the same policy which saw Didier Drogba depart the club last summer. The club is firmly against offering players over the age of 30 contracts longer than one year in length.
Ashley Cole, whose contract was due to expire at the same time as Lampard's, was offered a new deal in January but an extension for Super Frank is yet to materialise.
Both former players and the Stamford Bridge faithful have been vociferously urging Roman Abramovich to "sign him up" to no avail. The club has stated that there have been no talks over a new deal which is causing further frustration for Frank and the fans.
If Lampard is allowed to walk away as a free agent in June, it will be a travesty for the club. He has a wealth of talent and experience to offer both on and off the pitch as Chelsea attempt to bring youngsters such as Josh McEachran through the ranks.
As well as offering to take a £100,000 a week pay-cut, Lampard has repeatedly stated his desire to end his career at the club. To reject such loyal and dedicated service because he has the wrong date of birth would be an even more ridiculous decision than sacking Roberto Di Matteo and replacing him with Rafa Benitez.