Manchester City on Wednesday confirmed that Frank Lampard has joined on a six-month loan ahead of his debut season for Major League Soccer club New York City FC, which begins play in 2015. The reigning Premier League champion is a part owner of NYCFC alongside Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees.
“Joining up with Manchester City is a fantastic opportunity for me to continue to train and play at the top level and make sure I am in top condition for New York City,” Lampard said. “It has been an amazing few days for me since the unveiling in Brooklyn and everyone connected with both clubs has been fantastic to me. This is a new chapter of my career and I’m really excited about the experience.”
In a statement, City coach Manuel Pellegrini said he was pleased to welcome the 36-year-old former Chelsea midfielder to his team. “Frank is a world class midfielder and this is an opportunity which works perfectly for everyone, the player, Manchester City, and New York City,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with him and integrating him into our squad. New York have made a fantastic signing by recruiting Frank, and I’m really pleased that we’ll be able to have him with us for the first half of our season and help prepare him for his new challenge.”