Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard appears on the verge of leaving the club after admitting no talks have been held over a contract extension at Stamford Bridge.

The 34 year old's current deal expires at the end of the season and with a new deal unlikely to be in the offing, Lampard's 11-year career in west London is close to an end.

LA Galaxy have been heavily linked with a move for the England international following the confirmation of David Beckham's departure from the club, and Lampard says he will seek a new challenge.

Frank Lampard
Lampard is likely to leave in the summer.

"There have been no talks about anything about an extension," Lampard said. "The ball is in Chelsea's court. I'm a Chelsea player, as simple as that. I've had a great, great time here.

"Maybe things don't last forever. Although I want it to last forever, you have to be big enough to know what it is."

"I'm not the kind of player to see out my time and sit with my bum on the bench too much. I want to be involved. That's my character. I will keep trying to do that, whatever the circumstances.

"I can't predict anything but I feel like I have two or three years at least in me at the top level. It is not for me to decide on this one.

"Whatever happens, I have had a great time at Chelsea. I am determined to play a few more years and see what pans out in the near future."

Lampard continued his return from injury in Chelsea's 3-1 win over Monterrey in their open match of the Club World Cup, coming on as a second half substitute to a warm reception from the 900 travelling Blues fans.

Those same supporters have shown animosity towards newly appointed interim boss Rafa Benitez, as fans continue to chant the name of former manager Roberto di Matteo during the 16<sup>th minute of matches, with the timing corresponding with the shirt number worn by the Italian during his playing days.

The Spaniard has guided Chelsea to three successive wins but Lampard believes the fans are entitled to their view.

"I can't say enough for the Chelsea fans, who have always been amazing for me and the team," Lampard added.

"Chelsea is the fans. You have to respect how they feel, you have to respect Robbie, and at the same time respect that Rafa is going to try to do the best job he can at Chelsea."