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I want to remain beyond my new contract at Chelsea – Lampard says

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According to Goal, The Blues boss has 18 months left on his contract and is not yet calling for contract negotiations, but he has shown his intention to develop a long-term project.

Frank Lampard has discussed his contract situation and confirmed his intention to stay beyond his present deal at Chelsea.

Lampard is now working to take the club to the next level after leading Chelsea through a transitional season last year after a summer of spending on new players that cost £ 220 million ($ 275 m).

With the Blues aiming to go top of the Premier League with a victory over Leeds United on Saturday, these new signings have already made an impact, although they are still on a 15-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, having secured their Champions League group with a game to spare.

And from the current Chelsea community, there is still a feeling of more to come as the squad has an average age of 26 and Lampard is keen to be the manager to help this squad win titles.

Time seems to have gone by in terms of my deal, and I have 18 months left,” Lampard told reporters. “I sensed it when I came to the club, I realized that at the beginning there were a lot of circumstances that were going to make last year transitional and maybe slightly difficult.

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I felt like I took the job with the most recent Chelsea managers in a different place. I also hope people sympathize with that Now, I feel like I’d love to be part of the long-term plan here.

The signings we made in the summer were signings for now and the future, other than potentially Thiago [Silva] in particular, players who are going to develop and who are going to mature, and I’d love to be part of that of course.

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Of course, first and foremost, it’s the club’s decision and the owner’s decision, so I have to get on with the short term that begins tomorrow with Leeds. But I do not even think anybody will expect me to say anything else.

I’m a lucky man to run the club I love, and it’s my life. So I want to make it a success, of course, and be here as long as I can.’

Despite Lampard describing his long-term desire to stay in West London, he can realize that things in this job will change quickly.

Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea, launched a brutal era that saw him recruit and fire managers, with none of his hires lasting for three years or more. It is difficult to tell whether Lampard will defy the trend, but he is conscious that his future is in the Russian billionaire’s hands.

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It’s only the owner can ever decide and the only thing I can do is look at what’s in front of me and at that moment,” said Lampard regarding how long he will be in the Stamford Bridge hot seat. “The relationship I have with Petr Cech [Chelsea’s success and technical advisor] has been a big strength for me since I came here.

I get on with him so well and hopefully, we work together well. The contact I have with Marina [Granovskaia, director of Chelsea] is very normal. I try to do all the stuff I can for the club, on and off the pitch for the best of the club, and I can’t get much further than that.

I said I’d love to do this job as long as possible before, but I’m very conscious that it will be dependent on performance as well. I think we’re working for something at the minute and people are getting really excited and telling us this year that we are in a title battle.

I always saw it as a longer plan than that, and because of the signings, because of the bedding-in process, it might take us until next year to really question it. It really gets people excited about what we’re doing at the moment, but I know we need to be consistent over the season.

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“I just don’t worry too much about my future. I’m just thinking about the minute-to-minute game. I guess the future is going to take care of itself either way after that.’

For English managers, such as Lampard, it is unusual to get a chance at one of the top clubs of the Premier League.

indeed in 23 years, Lampard was the first English manager of Chelsea and he has been building up experience against the largest sides of the Premier League and Champions League.

Lampard was questioned if managing England is something he would want to do after outlining his ambition to stay at Chelsea.

“It’s certainly not anything that’s on my short-term radar,” he said. But I’m very patriotic, I love playing for my country, but right now I’m obsessed with trying to do my best here in the long term, which is all I can think of.

“I appreciate if there was ever an opportunity, later down the line, it’s something I would certainly look at but you should never get too far down the line in this job.”

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