Mata delighted to see ‘unbelievable’ Lampard stay at Chelsea

Juan Mata reveals his delight at seeing Frank Lampard sign a new Chelsea contract to keep him at the club until next summer

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Frank Lampard is Chelsea's record goal-scorer Photo: The Sport Review

Juan Mata has revealed his delight at seeing Frank Lampard sign a new Chelsea contract to keep him at the club until next summer.

Speculation had been rife over the 34-year-old future as he approached the end of his previous deal this term.

But Lampard, who became the Blues’ all-time record goal-scorer this season, has been in impressive form and left the west Londoners with little choice but to extend his stay at the club.

And Mata, 25, was thrilled to see his midfield team-mate commit to the Stamford Bridge outfit for another season.

“I am so happy for Frank and for his new contract – so that we can now enjoy him for at least one more season,” said Mata.

“For me, Frank is an example to everyone. He is like an idol for me. Lamps is a legend and, of course, now he is staying with us and is still ­going to be helping us.

“You can see every season he scores 15 goals or more, which for a midfielder is just ­unbelievable. And that goal of his against Aston Villa was amazing because we got Champions League qualification from it – and he got the record.”

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