Staying power: Lampard wants to do a Giggs by playing on at Chelsea

‘Talks are planned with the club in the summer and as long as they want me, I would be more than happy to continue’ says Blues veteran

Golden oldies: Frank Lampard still thinks he can contribute to Chelsea's cause at the age of 33

Golden oldies: Frank Lampard still thinks he can contribute to Chelsea's cause at the age of 33

Frank Lampard wants to stay at Chelsea.

The England star, 33, has one year left on his current deal and will open talks at the end of the season.

Lampard said: “I love Chelsea and, ideally, I will be here longer than just one more season.

“I look at people like Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs at Manchester United and see what they are still doing and I would love to do the same for Chelsea. I want to emulate them.”

Lampard is preparing for a thrilling finale to ­Chelsea’s campaign as they push for a ­top-four finish in the Premier League, take on Liverpool in the FA Cup final and take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

He added: “I considered playing abroad three or four years ago, that’s true. But I decided to be here at Chelsea for the long haul.

“You can see what can be achieved by players like John Terry and Steven Gerrard who have been one-club men. Talks are planned with the club in the summer and as long as they want me, I would be more than happy to continue.

“As you get that bit older, you can’t play the same way as you did five or six years ago. But I still feel I can contribute. I still feel good and I feel fresh in training and I am enjoying my football as much as ever.”

Next on the agenda for Lampard is today’s derby against QPR.

Inevitably the backdrop to the game has been the on-going debate surrounding John Terry’s alleged racist comment to Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand.

The clash at Loftus Road earlier this season was a controversial affair with Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa sent off, scuffles in the tunnel and John Terry charged with racist abuse towards Anton Ferdinand.

“We will need cool heads and concentrate on winning the three points,” said Lampard.

“ It was a very hot atmosphere when we played there and their crowd were really up for it. It was very hostile. But we have to just set out targets on winning the three points.

“All the talk that will go on is not something for the players.

“There is a lot at stake for both clubs – they want to stay up and we want to get in that top four.”

Gary Cahill is winning his battle to be fit for the FA Cup final. The Chelsea defender was forced out of last Tuesday’s clash with Barcelona with a hamstring injury amid fears he would be absent for the rest of the season.

But Chelsea insiders believe Cahill may yet be fit for Saturday’s Wembley showpiece.

[mirror.co.uk]

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