Frank Lampard
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has previously expressed an interest in coaching Getty Images

Chelsea are prepared to offer Frank Lampard an official role at Stamford Bridge if he decides to end his playing career, according to reports.

Lampard, 38, announced on 14 November that he will be leaving MLS side New York City after his contract expires in December.

The Guardian claims Chelsea will welcome the midfielder back to Stamford Bridge by offering him either an ambassadorial or coaching role if he chooses to retire from playing.

Lampard made 429 league appearances for Chelsea and is the club's all-time top scorer with 211 goals.

The Guardian says that the Chelsea hierarchy does not wish to see former players such as Lampard, Didier Drogba and Ashley Cole work for a rival club in the future.

Lampard scored 15 goals in 29 games for New York City across two seasons that were interrupted by a loan spell at Manchester City.

"As my time at NYCFC comes to an end, I would like to thank so many people for the kindness and support that they have shown me over the last two years," the 38-year-old told the club's official website.

"My teammates have been a pleasure to play alongside. The amazing fans have given me incredible support and backing.

"I have very much enjoyed my time, and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play for such a great club and in such an incredible city."

New York City head coach Patrick Vieira paid tribute to Lampard's impact at the club, saying: "Everybody talks about Frank's goal scoring record from midfield but I can tell you after a year of working with him, he brings so much more to a team than just goals.

"What Frank has brought to the locker room is something just as important – his experience, his elite mentality and his mentorship for the younger members of our squad have helped us greatly this year.

"It is clear that Frank has embraced playing in this league and for this club. I am grateful for his service in my first year here and I wish him the very best in whatever he chooses to do next."