Juan Mata: It’s clear why Chelsea fans want Frank Lampard to stay
Juan Mata singles out Frank Lampard for special praise after Chelsea midfielder nets his 199th goal for the west Londoners
Juan Mata has heaped praise on Frank Lampard after the Chelsea midfielder netted his 199th goal for the Blues in Sunday’s FA Cup win over Brentford.
The England international’s future remains up in the air, with his current Chelsea deal set to expire at the end of the season.
Lampard, 34, has been linked with a move to Major League Soccer in recent months but has proved his worth to the west Londoners with a return of eight goals in his last 10 appearances in all competitions.
And Mata admits he understands why most Chelsea fans would like to see the in-form England international offered a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
“I understand why the fans want [Frank] here, the supporters love him,” Mata told Chelsea’s website.
“He is a great guy, a great captain who is a legend, and still playing, so for me and the team-mates it is an honour to play with him.
“He scored already 13 or 14 goals this season, and for 10 years he has been scoring more than 10 in the Premier League. He is one of the best.”