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Lampard stays at Chelsea

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard ended 18 months of uncertainty by signing a new five-year contract, which will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2013.

The new contract has made him the Premier League’s highest-paid player with a record-breaking £39.2 million deal.

Lampard, capped 61 times for England, had been repeatedly linked with a move to join former Chelsea boss José Mourinho at Inter Milan, but he finally agreed to stay just four days before Chelsea's Premier League opener against Portsmouth.

Chelsea players pays a tribute to Frank Lampard's mother
The 30-year-old revealed it was a moment of tribute from his team-mates which helped make up his mind.

Chelsea players paid tribute to Lampard's mother during the victory over Manchester United when Lampard could barely watch his team played the reigning champions in a possible title-decider following her death.

After Michael Ballack scored the opener for the Blues, every one of his team-mates gathered around the Chelsea bench and displayed a No 8 shirt with her name and the letters RIP.

And Lampard now wants to help Chelsea bring the title back after going empty handed in the last campaign.

He said: "Personally I would like to bring the Premiership title back here.

We'd obviously like to win that Champions League. Tasting defeat is bitter but when you taste it like that it makes you want to win it."

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