Premier League club at the end of the season.

The England international’s current contract expires next summer and it’s thought that the Blues are unwilling to offer him a new deal.

Lampard has confirmed this, and hinted that he could be searching for a new team ahead of next season:

“The ball is in Chelsea’s court.” He is quoted by The Mirror.

“I’m a Chelsea player as simple as that. I’ve had a great, great time here.

“But maybe things don’t last forever. Although I want it to last forever you have to be big enough to know what it is.

“I feel like I’ve had a good year particularly from where we were in February, and playing what I like to think was a big part. Like Didier Drogba, we were both players who came back in and made a difference.

“But I’m not the kind of player to see out my time and sit with my bum on the bench too much.

“I want to be involved. That’s my character.”

The 34-year-old is unlikely to be short of options should he leave the London club next year, with MLS giants LA Galaxy lining him up as the replacement for David Beckham.

French outfit Monaco are also reported to be keen, as well as a host of Chinese Super League clubs, including Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka’s new team Shanghai Shenhua.

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