Frank Lampard has signed a two-year contract with newly-formed MLS side New York City FC, according to BBC Sport.

The 36-year-old midfielder was released by Chelsea at the end of last season after 13 years at Stamford Bridge.

In that time the veteran star became the club’s highest ever goalscorer with 211 efforts in 649 games and won the admiration of fans in west London for his all-action displays.

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Despite talk that he may opt to prolong his stay in the Premier League, Lampard has now been unveiled as NYCFC’s latest big name signing, following the capture of Spaniard David Villa.

“New York ticks all the right boxes for me. It’s very exciting,” said Lampard.

“I had a fantastic 13 years at Chelsea and can look back at that with pride, but it was a great time for me and Chelsea to move on.

“Having seen the vision of the club, I have seen a real long-term plan and I want to be involved and I want to keep on challenging myself.”

New York City FC – owned by Manchester City – will enter America’s top division in 2015, which could leave Lampard free to play for another side on loan to boost his fitness in the meantime.

Villa recently joined Melbourne City – another side under the same ownership umbrella – for three months, and ‘Lamps’ may do the same.

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