Frank Lampard to leave New York City FC

Frank Lampard made 31 appearances in the Major League Soccer for New York City FC, scoring 15 goals.

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New york, Nov 14: New York City FC announced on Monday that veteran English midfielder Frank Lampard will depart when his contract expires at the end of 2016.

Signed by New York City FC in 2014, former Chelsea star Lampard, 38, made 31 appearances for the Major League Soccer (MLS) club, scoring 15 goals.

Frank Lampard (centre) (Image courtesy: New York City FC Twitter handle)

Lampard said in a statement: "As my time at NYCFC comes to an end, I would like to thank so many people for the kindness and support that they have shown me over the last two years."

"My teammates have been a pleasure to play alongside. The amazing fans have given me incredible support and backing," Lampard, who played for England 106 times, added.

"I have very much enjoyed my time, and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play for such a great club and in such an incredible city."

For New York City head coach Patrick Vieira, Lampard's influence at the club transcended even his stellar efforts on the field of play.

"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," Viera said.

"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."

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