In what is clearly a PR stunt to show the world how Manchester City plan to use their New York City franchise in the coming years, Frank Lampard was officially announced as a City player today.
Chelsea’s all-time top goal scorer once insisted that he would never play for another Premier League club once he eventually left the Blues. But, in an inevitable but extremely weird twist in his career, he’s joined the Premier League champions on loan until the new MLS season in the New Year.
This has prompted an expected reaction of sadness amongst the Chelsea fans who adored him and excitement amongst the City fans who are basking in the knowledge that their club can literally tempt whoever they want to sign up to their money-fuelled success story.
Here are some of the best tweets as the news initially broke and the first images of him wearing City training gear emerged this afternoon…
— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) August 6, 2014
Lampard arrived at City today and says he's settled in well,adding 'I recognise many of the fans from the time they supported Chelsea.'
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) August 6, 2014
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 6, 2014
Not sure why Chelsea fans give Lampard a lot of stick. Players don't always commit to what they say.Rafa said he would never manage chelsea.
— James Costi-Mouyia (@JamesCosti97) August 6, 2014
You can't delete 13 years at Chelsea just joining Man City for six months. Lampard will be remembered as a legend, whatever he'll do.
— simona ✌ (@Simona_CFC) August 6, 2014
— Josh (@GingerfunkJosh) August 6, 2014
— CaptainFantastic (@MeK_Caleb) August 6, 2014