Chelsea's Lampard: I was close to leaving in January

Frank Lampard admits he was close to quitting Chelsea in January.

The midfielder signed a new one-year deal earlier this month.

He told The Sun: “I was quite close in January to thinking it was the end for me at Chelsea. I’d been injured, the manager had changed. It was an uncertain period.

“I’d had a couple of conversations with the club and I did think I might be leaving then. I didn’t want to leave. I’d let everyone know, I’d made it clear — without sounding desperate — that I wanted to stay at the football club.

“But after that, only your football can do the talking.

“I just thought ‘If I keep playing well and keep trying to contribute then hopefully something will happen.’ And we got there!”

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