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Frank Lampard has announced that he wouldn’t be extending his stay in the MLS beyond the end of this season.

The 38-year-old midfielder is departing after two beautiful seasons, where he scored 15 goals. After a not-so-good first season at the club, Lampard finished the second season with 12 goals and three assists in 19 appearances while helping NYCFC earn their first postseason berth.

On top of helping the club reach the playoffs, Lampard notably scored NYCFC’s first hat-trick against the Colorado Rapids back on July 30.

“Everybody talks about Frank’s goal-scoring record from midfield but I can tell you after a year of working with him, he brings so much more to a team than just goals,” NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira said in the club statement. “What Frank has brought to the locker room is something just as important – his experience, his elite mentality and his mentorship for the younger members of our squad have helped us greatly this year.”

“It is clear that Frank has embraced playing in this league and for this club. I am grateful for his service in my first year here and I wish him the very best in whatever he chooses to do next.” Said former Arsenal captain, Patrick Viera.

NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna also expressed gratitude for Lampard’s role at the club.

“On and off the pitch he has been a fantastic ambassador,” said NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna. “I would tell any young player to watch Frank, to see how he’s conducted himself over the last two years and to use that as inspiration as to how an elite, professional footballer should approach the game” said Reyna. “From the second he walked through the door, he’s set the example.”

“Frank will always be part of the history of this club and we thank him for playing an important role in so many special moments in our young history.” Said Reyna.

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