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Premiership : Frank Lampard : New York City FC sign ex-Chelsea midfielder

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has joined Major League Soccer side New York City FC on a two-year deal.

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Lampard, 36, was released by the Blues at the end of last season after his contract expired to end his 13-year association with the London side.

He moved from West Ham to Chelsea in June 2001 in an £11m transfer and became the club’s record goalscorer with 211 goals in his 649 appearances.

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

“Chelsea will always have a huge place in my heart, but it’s now a new challenge.

“I had a fantastic 13 years there 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 this club, I have seen a real long-term plan and I want to be involved and I want to keep on challenging myself.”

Newly-formed New York City FC will play in their first MLS season in 2015.

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