Chelsea transfers: Frank Lampard to decide future after World Cup

Chelsea transfers: Frank Lampard says he will decide his Blues future after next summer's World Cup in Brazil

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

Frank Lampard says he will decide his Chelsea future after next summer’s World Cup.

The England international penned a one-year contract extension in May after the Blues midfielder helped the west London side win the Europa League crown.

“I’ll be 36,” Lampard, who will make his 103rd appearance for England on Friday, told the Sun.

“Right now, I’m not sure in my own head. At my age I understand it’s not a four-year contract, it’s a one-year extension. I’m more than happy with that.

“I’ll make a decision after the World Cup… when we’ve won it and can all retire happy!”

Lampard acknowledged that he is facing a tough battle to secure his spot in Roy Hodgson’s squad for next summer’s tournament despite being handed the captain’s armband.

“We’re all in the same boat. What we’ve done up to now carries a bit of weight but if your form falls off in the next six months you can’t expect to be going,” he added.

“We all have to be on top form. If I walked around thinking my 103 caps would get me on the plane, I’d probably be on the beach. Because that means you’re taking things for granted. I don’t think any of us can afford to do that.

“Because of my age, it’s always going to be a bit of a dogfight to get into the squad.

“I’m not silly. I understand that, no matter what age you are, you have to react. If you end up looking around at others wondering who’s performing better, you take your eye off the ball.

“I also understand that at different parts of your career, you have different challenges. I’m very determined to show the manager that I can still do it regardless of age.

“He’s always said it doesn’t matter if you’re 17 or 35, that he’ll not look at you any differently. That’s nice to hear. The rest is up to me.”

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