Lampard: I won’t leave Chelsea

He told The Sun: “I’ve kept quiet about my contract situation because we are in such an important part of the season for Chelsea. But there has been so much written and said about me that I feel I have to make clear what’s going on as much for Chelsea fans as myself.

“I want to stay at Chelsea. I have never wanted to leave the club and I don’t intend to. I have everything I want in life where I am right now. For the past six years my life has been my family and Chelsea football club. Some players can say that and it sounds cliched or fake. I can say it because it is absolutely true. I am very proud I play for Chelsea and of what I have achieved as part of the team.

“I am very close to my family who play a big part in my life and my fiancee Elen and I are expecting our second child this summer.

“We love living in the Chelsea area and bringing our young family up here. People seem to think I want to leave but why would I?

“I value my relationship with the supporters very highly and they have become part of my football family.

“I know when I am older and have finished my career I will sit among the fans and support Chelsea with them.”