Frank Lampard confirms he will be leaving Chelsea after 13 successful years

Lampard has been strongly linked with a move to New York City

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Frank Lampard has announced that he is to leave Chelsea after 13 successful years at Stamford Bridge.

The 35-year-old, who is away on international duty with England as they prepare for the World Cup, was out of contract with the Blues.

Lampard joined Chelsea from London rivals West Ham United in 2001 for a fee of £11m and scored a record 211 goals in all competitions for the Blues.

In a statement confirming his departure, Lampard said: "When I arrived at this fantastic club 13 years ago I would never have believed that I would be fortunate enough to play so many games and enjoy sharing in so much success.

"The club will move forward, and as a Chelsea man I have no doubt that with the quality of the players that are there, they will continue with the success that we have all enjoyed over the past seasons."

Manchester City's MLS franchise New York City have been strongly linked with a move for the player, with reports suggesting that he will confirm he has agreed a deal with the club after the World Cup.

Queens Park Rangers and City's Australian sister club Melbourne Heart are also interested.

Should he move to New York City, he could yet make a short-term loan move elsewhere first, as the MLS season starts next March.

Lampard had helped Chelsea to three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and the Champions League in 2012.