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Frank Lampard signs for NYCFC

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Former Chelsea star the latest high profile signing

Clive Rose

A good move for all concerned?

For the fledgling franchise they land another high-profile an d decorated name following the capture of David Villa and for Lampard himself, it will be a nice way to round out what has been a stellar career. Lampard said of the move:

"I am really excited about joining New York City FC and helping to play a real part in building something special in one of the sporting capitals of the world," said Lampard. "The passion of the nation's fans at the World Cup was second to none and I am looking forward to meeting New Yorkers and tapping into their love of the game. It is a privilege to be able to help make history here in New York City - I just can't wait to get started and be part of it."

"It is going to be an exhilarating opportunity for us all to create this fantastic new  MLS Club , in  a league that is growing quickly in popularity and ability. Hopefully my experience can help us have an impact in my first season. I love a challenge and being competitive and I know everyone at New York City FC does too. I am sure we will make the city and our fans proud."

There is always a concern when a player at this stage moves to the MLS that it is all about the money and looking for an easy ride off into the sunset but Lampard will still have enough left on the clock and was playing at a high level still over the past season or so.

He will also have benefited from a prolonged period of rest by the time the NYCFC kicks off, which at his age will be beneficial and probably rules out the type of short term deal that we saw with Villa heading to Melbourne.