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GC Posted On: May 20, 2017

franklampard After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the
right time to finish my career as a professional footballer. Whilst I have
received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and
abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my
life. I’m immensely proud of the trophies I’ve won, of representing my
country over 100 times and of scoring more than 300 career goals.
I have many people to thank. I thank my parents for instilling in me
the values of hard work, dedication and professionalism, values which I
have carried with me in everything that I do. I am forever grateful for
the support of my family, my wife Christine and my two daughters
Luna and Isla. What you have given me off the pitch has always been
my strength on it. I love you all very much. Also, my friends and my
own team that have always been there for me. I would like to thank
the amazing team-mates, coaches, managers and backroom staff that
I was privileged to work with. I’d also like to pay tribute to the clubs
that I have represented. Firstly, West Ham United who gave me my
debut in 1996. Thanks to the people there that believed in me at that
young age. More recently Manchester City and NYCFC. I greatly
enjoyed my last playing years at these two clubs and really appreciate
the support I received from City Football Group and both clubs’ fans.
Of course, the largest part of my heart belongs to Chelsea, a club
which has given me so many great memories. I will never forget the
opportunity they gave me and the success that we managed to
achieve together. It is impossible to give thanks individually to all the
people that helped and supported me in my 13 years playing there. All
I can say is from the day I signed until now and going forward, I’m
eternally grateful for everything and to everyone. Chelsea fans gave
myself and my teammates such incredible support. Their passion and
hunger drove me on personally to give my best year after year. I
couldn’t have done it without them.
Looking forward, I’m grateful to the FA for the opportunity to study for
my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field
opportunities that this decision opens.

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