Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6
Joining up with Manchester City is a fantastic opportunity for me to continue to train and play at the top level and make sure I am in top condition for New York City.
It has been an amazing few days for me since the unveiling in Brooklyn and everyone connected with both clubs has been fantastic to me. This is a new chapter of my career and I'm really excited about the experience.
I met Manuel (Pellegrini) and some of the players in New York and I'm looking forward to getting into training and making a contribution for Manchester City ahead of my move over to New York.
Chelsea fans will cringe upon hearing the news, as Frank Lampard's loan move to Manchester City has now officially been confirmed by Manuel Pellegrini. The Blues' legend will play for the current Premier League champions until January, before starting his career at New York City FC.
According to Pellegrini, Lampard could join his teammates as early as Wednesday, as reported by Manchester Evening News' Paul Handler. Pellegrini said:
From next Wednesday he will start working with our team and will play for us until then. At the moment he will work with the squad and be a member of the squad. He will fight for a position.
He knows we have a very good team, we have a lot of players in his position. He is one player more. We have a lot of games particularly with the Champions League - so he's very important for our team.
The veteran midfielder had a sensational career playing for Chelsea, as evidenced by his scoring record, shared by Squawka:
No midfielder has scored more Premier League goals (171) than Frank Lampard. pic.twitter.com/syIngKSfCY— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 2, 2014
The 36-year-old didn't feature as prominently for the Blues in 2013-14, however, and while his performances were still very solid, it became clear the next chapter in his storied career was drawing ever closer.
Lampard is a Chelsea legend, and according to Sky Sports' Mark McAdam, he will do whatever he can to keep things that way:
CONFIRMED: Frank Lampard joins Man City on loan until the end of January, more on SSN now. He's requested NOT to be selected v Chelsea.— Mark McAdam (@markmcadamtv) August 2, 2014
BundesligaVavel's Marco Conradie was surprised to learn a portion of the Chelsea fans were angry with their former midfielder:
There are a few Chelsea fans who would label Frank Lampard a 'traitor' if he joins Manchester City, but he really owes the club nothing.— Marco Conradie (@MarcoConradie10) August 2, 2014
Gary Lineker thinks there may be more reasons why Lampard would choose a six-month stay with the Citizens at this point:
Reports that New York City's Frank Lampard is joining Manchester City for 6 months. I believe the 2 clubs have the same owner.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 1, 2014
While it will no doubt hurt Chelsea fans to see Lampard wearing the baby-blue kit of City, it's worth mentioning his primary reason for this move is likely just so he can train at a Premier League level.
New York City FC don't even have a complete team yet and won't play in Major League Soccer until the 2015 season, so it's understandable that Lampard would wish to work on his conditioning in England (we've seen David Beckham move to Europe for a couple of months during his time with the L.A. Galaxy).
Lampard won't be a regular starter for City, who already field one of the world's strongest group of midfielders. But as a veteran warrior of many battles, Lampard will add leadership to the squad, and his experience could be a valuable asset to the Mancunians should the need for him to play meaningful minutes arrive.