Although Chelsea find themselves in an FA Cup semifinal, set to meet Rubin Kazan in the quarterfinals of the Europa League and are still in the hunt for a top four league finish, the 2012-13 campaign has been a disappointing one for supporters of the West London outfit.
After the Champions League surprise victory last season and a summer that saw them bring in the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and interim manager Rafa Benitez, one wouldn’t have been blamed to think the pieces were in place for further development.
However, the capital outfit have instead regressed in areas of their season and currently find themselves fighting to even feature in the next Champions League.
While Jose Mourinho’s arrival and the acquisition of millions of pounds worth of talent might change the attitude of some Chelsea fans, Frank Lampard couldn’t be blamed by many for perhaps wanting to leave a club on a downward slope.
Of course all such predictions will undoubtedly be proven false and a Lampard-less Chelsea will surely go on to win every piece of silverware under the sun next time around, but the reasons to exit are nevertheless there.
The Blues are no longer the intimidating monolith they were in the mid-'00s, and instead it’s clubs such as Southampton, QPR, Reading and West Brom that aren’t afraid to challenge the English giants.
At 34 years of age, Lampard’s next move is likely to be the last of his career, and the playmaker wouldn’t want to spend those years regretting the summer when he could have made a quiet move away from the Blues.