Frank Lampard has agreed to join new MLS New York City on a free transfer after being released by Chelsea, according to reports.
The former Blues man could also be joined by Atletico Madrid and Spain striker David Villa who is set to be another high-profile signing for the franchise, according to the Daily Mirror. Lampard and Villa were both at Manchester City’s Carrington complex yesterday as they looked to complete the formalities of their moves, with the former breaking from his England preparations to sort out his transfer. The two men met with New York City head coach Jason Kreis, who has been in charge of Manchester City’s MLS franchise since January. It is understood that Lampard has agreed to a substantial wage drop from his previous £150,000-a-week deal at Stamford Bridge, although that could be supplemented with hefty bonuses. Lampard’s signature will end his 13-year spell at Chelsea, having joined from West Ham in 2001.
In that time he has become Chelsea’s record goalscorer with 211 goals and won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League. Villa also represents a big coup for the franchise, having just won the La Liga title with Atletico Madrid and finished runner-up in the Champions League. In an interview posted on Atletico Madrid website, the 32-year-old said:
“I’m looking forward to such an important project that has opened up for me and for my family, at a sporting level, personal and for the future. I’m really looking forward to another challenge.