Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has revealed that the reason behind the ever-present composure regarding his club future is the security he feels within his own ability to stand out amid intense competition.
Lampard, 34, is entering his 12th pre-season as a Blues player and over the years, the veteran has seen a plethora of talented midfielders arrive at Stamford Bridge.
However, the England international has continued to thrive under pressure and feature consistently for a side that has won all major club competitions in the Roman Abramovich era.
While reports have continued to link him with a move to the Major League Soccer in the near future, Lampard has never felt unsettled, insisting that he has a strong faith in his own ability to perform.
“Every year it gets harder because every year we bring in players, but I remember being 25 and we brought in four or five midfielders one summer. I wondered if I would be in the team and I played about 60 games,” Lampard noted.
The midfield ace added: “I have had a great career here and I wouldn’t want the club to stand still. The club needs to move forward and bringing in quality midfield players is brilliant.”
Skipper John Terry has already praised owner Roman Abramovich’s relentless financial support to fund the transfers of Eden Hazard, Marko Marin, and Oscar this summer as the Blues aim for the historic feat of successfully defending their UEFA Champions League crown next season.
More importantly, they will need all that talent to improve on last season’s sixth-place finish in the Barclays Premier League, which restarts in almost three weeks.